President Obama invites Donald Trump to White House
President Barack Obama invited President-elect Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday.
The president also plans to address Trump’s victory in a statement from the White House on Wednesday.
The White House said Obama called Trump from his residence in the White House early Wednesday to congratulate him. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Thursday meeting is to discuss the presidential transition.
Obama also called Hillary Clinton, conveying admiration for the “strong campaign she waged throughout the country.”
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect had a “gracious exchange” with Hillary Clinton and a “warm conversation” with Obama.
In a pair of interviews on ABC and NBC News Wednesday, Conway said Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, called her late Wednesday and connected Clinton with Trump. She said Clinton “congratulated him for his victory,” and he told Clinton that she is “very smart, very tough” and had “waged a tremendous campaign.”
Conway said the Trump campaign isn’t upset that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hasn’t yet made a public concession speech.
Trump said during the campaign that he would assign a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. But Conway told ABC’s Good Morning America, “we have not discussed that at all.”