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President Obama asks Americans give Donald Trump a chance




WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Barack Obama on Monday urged Americans to give President-elect Donald Trump the time required for him to get adjusted to the responsibilities of his new job.

In his first news conference since Tuesday’s stunning election result, Obama also warned that some of Trump’s expectations will soon be shaken by the gravity of his position.

Obama said he had no doubts after meeting with Trump that the billionaire real estate mogul was “sincere” about being president for all Americans, but also called on the President-elect to reach out to the people who have felt anxious since his election, including women and minorities.

“I don’t think he is ideological, I think ultimately he is pragmatic in that way and that can serve him well as long as he has got good people around him and he has a good sense of direction,” Obama said.

Obama met with the media just before the departure of the final foreign trip of his presidency, to Greece, Germany and Peru. He said he told Trump that his election achievement in tapping into the enthusiasm of his voters was impressive.

“I think he is coming to this office with fewer set hard and fast policy prescriptions than a lot of other presidents might be arriving with. Do I have concerns? Absolutely, of course I’ve got concerns. He and I differ on a whole bunch of issues,” Obama added.

The president also said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to weigh in on all of Trump’s appointments because it would be incompatible to his desire to provide a smooth transition of power to his successor.

“I think it is important for us to let him make his decisions. The American people will judge over the course of the next couple of years whether they like what they see,” Obama said.

He added: “This office has a way of waking you up. Those aspects of his positions or his predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”

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