Obama intends to brief, not lobby, Trump on policies: White House

Published: November 10, 2016
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Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, speaks about the election results that saw Donald Trump become President-elect from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, speaks about the election results that saw Donald Trump become President-elect from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 9, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

President Barack Obama intends to brief, rather than lobby, President-elect Donald Trump about the Obama administration’s policies during the transition of power, the White House said on Wednesday.

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Speaking at a news briefing, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest added, however, that viewing some policies from inside the government “gives you a new appreciation for the benefits of those policies.”

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“President Obama is committed to an effective transition that helps bring President-elect Trump and his team up to speed on the current status of US policy, including foreign policy,” Earnest said.

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