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Trump will get wake-up call soon: Barack Obama

Obama expressed that he believed Trump would be pragmatic in office and not approach the country's problems from an ideological perspective.

US President Barack Obama on Monday said president-elect Donald Trump was in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on January 20. He also urged Donald J Trump to reach out to minority groups, women and others, who were alienated by his campaign.
Addressing a news conference at the White House, Obama said: “the freewheeling Trump could not be as outspoken as he was during the long and bitter campaign that ended last week with the Republican’s surprise win over Democrat Hillary Clinton”.

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

Trump and Obama met in the Oval Office last week to begin the transition of power. Obama expressed on Monday that he believed Trump would be pragmatic in office and not approach the country’s problems from an ideological perspective.

“There are going to be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well, unless he recognizes them and corrects them,” the US President said.

“Because when you’re a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less impact than it does when you’re president of the United States. Everybody around the world is paying attention. Markets move,” Obama added.

But Obama, who criticised Trump’s temperament during the campaign, said it was important for Trump to send signals of unity after the hard-fought campaign. He said the political gifts that allowed the Republican to upset Clinton would be put to good use in the White House.

“I’ve been encouraged by his statements on election night about the need for unity, his interest in being president for all people,” Obama said. “In an election like this that was so hotly contested and so divided, gestures matter.”

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