Obama calls Trump, invites him to White House

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US President Barack Obama has called his newly-elected successor Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory and invite him to the White House to discuss the transition of power.

Obama made the call on early Wednesday, when Trump had secured enough electoral votes to beat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, the White House said. The two were slated to meet on Thursday.

Obama also called Clinton, his former secretary of state between 2009 and 2013, to express his “admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country,” according to a statement by White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

The president officially endorsed Clinton in June and hit the campaign trail to garner support for the former first lady.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stands with President Barack Obama at an election eve rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

He was scheduled to address the nation later on…

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