Obama phones Trump to offer congratulations and a White House meeting

USA TODAY - President Obama called President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his election victory and invite him to the White House on Thursday to discuss "the smooth transition of power,"  the White House said.

Obama will discuss the election results in a statement to the press Wednesday from the White House, including "what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

Earnest provided few details of Obama's phone call with the president elect, other than to say he called from the White House residence in the early morning hours.

Obama also called former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and "expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country," he said.

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