US President Obama addresses nation; promises “smooth transition of power”

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Barack Obama President Barack Obama speaks about the election, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After a tumultuous election that concluded with unexpected results for his party, President Barack Obama says he’s instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.


Watch President Obama address the nation from the White House Rose Garden

US President Obama addresses nation; promises "smooth transition of power"

US President Obama addresses nation; promises "smooth transition of power"

After a tumultuous election that concluded with unexpected results for his party, President Barack Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump

Obama spoke Wednesday in the White House’s Rose Garden following Trump’s upset victory in Tuesday’s presidential election.

He noted that he and Trump have had big differences. Trump promises to repeal many of Obama’s achievements over the past eight years. Obama had warned voters that if Trump were to win, “all that progress goes down the drain.”

Now, Obama said “we all want what’s best for this country.” He said the point is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in all citizens. He says that’s how the country has moved forward and he’s confident that the incredible American journey will continue.