Trump is pragmatic, not ´ideological´: Obama


While speaking with reporters, Obama said that he believes Trump does not have bad intentions heading into the White House and that he will do the best he can to deliver both for his supporters and for those who didn't vote for him.

It was supposed to be a celebratory farewell tour, but now Obama's mission is assuring foreign nations that America will keep its commitments - though in some instances, Trump has said that he won't. The conference will live stream on the White House website and on "But I think that will be more so the case, given the direction that the election took".

"I'm lending him my box set of West Wing DVDs".

"That's how democracy works".

Obama pointed out that the 2016 election was a relatively low turnout election compared to recent campaigns.

"Hopefully it's a reminder that elections matter", he continued. Numerous same nations are wrestling with whether last year's historic climate change deal can be salvaged after Trump's threats to pull the USA out. The president pointed to the fact that almost half of the country's registered voters did not participate in the election.

But during last Thursday's White House meeting, Mr Obama said his successor had "expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships".

The President said that there were many diplomatic, military and humanitarian levers of United States power that made America the indispensable nation in the world and that status would continue. The only time North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been activated was after the September 11, 2001 attacks when European nations joined the United States in the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He vowed to build a wall along the U.S.'s southern border and make Mexico pay for it.

President Obama speaks to the media during a news conference at the White House Monday.

"That's powerful stuff", Obama said.

"I don't think he is ideological".

Obama suggested that the party should build from the ground up, by putting party resources into down-ballot races.

"I hope it was useful", President Obama said.

In addition to Obamacare, those topics included the Middle East and North Korea.

Obama said that the outcome of the USA election leaves him with "concerns" and that many missed Trump's unforeseen victory.

President Barack Obama jokes Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on February 9, 2015.

Reporters later also asked Obama about Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump's chief strategist.

"There are many ongoing issues that we're working on that are deeply relevant to our security that we will want to discuss, and, again, agreements and alliances that have perpetuated over decades under administrations of many different stripes", he said.



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