Following the US elections on November 8 and the win of the Republican nominee Donald Trump, US President Barack Obama held first news conference at the White House. Obama addressed questions from the media at the conference and will leave for his last overseas trip after the press meet. The weeklong tour was planned when it seemed certain Hillary Clinton would win the contest and was designed to reassure the world that the U.S. had regained its footing after a toxic campaign.
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02:42: Obama would urge Trump to think long and hard before endangering status of young undocumented immigrants in deferred action program.
02:33 am: Obama says there are going to be certain elements of Trump’s temperament that will not serve him well.
02:29 am: “People who have health insurance are benefiting in all sorts of ways that they may not be aware of,” said Obama on the Affordable Care Act.
02:26 am: In response to question on Stephen Bannon, President Barack Obama says not appropriate to comment on every Donald Trump staff appointment.
02:33 am: Obama says Trump is coming into office with fewer set policy prescriptions than predecessors.
02:29 am: “America at its best is inclusive and not exclusive. That we insist on the dignity and God-given potential and worth of every child,” said Obama.
02:28 am: “It’s essential to our national security and it’s essential to global stability,” said the US President on a strong & united Europe.
02:24 am: Donald Trump understands that campaigning is different from governing. It’s important for Trump to send signals of unity: US President Obama
“My team stands ready to accelerate in the next steps that are required to ensure a smooth transition.” —@POTUS http://t.co/i9hVfhPFJc
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 14, 2016
02:21 am: The people have spoken, Donald Trump will be the next President: Barack Obama
02:19 am: He also reflected on his own campaign for president eight years ago, recalling all of the time he spent in Iowa to win that state’s lead-off caucuses. He said he won the state because he spent time going everywhere, meeting everyone.
President Barack Obama has a message to Democrats: Compete everywhere and show up everywhere.
02:17 am: Democrats should keep “core set of values” but look at “how we organize politically”, said Obama.
02:14 am: Obama says ‘there is no weakening of resolve’ by US toward NATO under Donald Trump.
02: 11 am: Healthy for Democratic party to go through reflecttions after the presidential elections: Obama
02:07 am: “She not only informed today’s citizens but she also inspired tomorrow’s journalists,” said the US President on journalist Gwen Ifill.
02:06 am: Michelle and I want to offer our deepest condolences to Gwen Ifill’s family and all of you…on her passing: Obama
02:05 am: Gwen was a friend of ours; she was an extraordinary journalist: Obama.
02:04 am: I told my staff that we should be proud that “when we turn over the keys, the car’s in pretty good shape”, said the US President.
02:00 am: My team stands ready to help transition, says US President Barack Obama at a news conference at the White House
(With inputs agencies)