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President Barack Obama invites President-Elect Donald Trump to White House


DURHAM, NH - NOVEMBER 07: President Obama on stage during a campaign event for Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the University of New Hampshire on November 7, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. With one day until the election, both candidates and their surrogates are holding campaign rallies in battleground states across the nation. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Washington: US President Barack Obama today telephoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his stunning victory and invited the President-elect to meet him at the White House tomorrow.

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Obama called Trump from his residence in the White House early today to congratulate him, White House spokesman said.

The spokesman said President Obama invited Trump to White House on Thursday to discuss the presidential transition.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also said Obama called Trump while he was speaking to his supporters in New York, and so Trump called him back after he left the stage.

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She said the two leaders had a “very nice talk.”

Conway said they would meet possibly tomorrow.

The official said Obama will make a statement from the White House to discuss the election results and what steps to take as a country to come together.

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Obama also called former secretary of state and Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton to express his admiration for the strong campaign she waged.

In a stunning result, billionaire businessman Trump beat seasoned politician Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President after starting off as a rank political outsider.