Obama Says Trump Will Soon Face Sobering 'Reality' Check

Obama, speaking ahead of a trip to Europe and Latin America, said one of the most important things he could do during his visit was to reassure U.S. allies who may be concerned following Trump's victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton last week. Absolutely, of course I've got concerns.

However Mr Trump's comments were supported by many Americans, who have long since argued many of NATO's allies are not paying the required two per cent of their GPD for their defence.

Obama said he was looking forward to visiting the Acropolis because "if you come to Greece you've got to do a little bit of sightseeing".

He added: "I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds", Obama said, according to The New York Times. "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".

"We're going to have to compete everywhere", he said, reflecting on his own 2008 win in Iowa, a state that went for Trump this time.

In another conference call with Obama for America volunteers, the US President said defeat in the election is disappointing "I think it's fair to say that your President feels your pain on this one".

"Breitbart will continue to be what it has been during the campaign - it was just a propaganda arm for Donald Trump", said Kurt Bardella, a public relations consultant who dropped Breitbart as a client this spring following the incident with reporter Michelle Fields and Lewandowski.

In talking with Trump last week, Obama said he learned the incoming administration is committed to maintaining the role the USA plays with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its allies.

Obama's trip, planned when it seemed certain Hillary Clinton would win, had been created to reassure the world that the United States of America had regained its footing after a toxic campaign that unnerved foreign capitals, noted Heather Conley, a Europe scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"In my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships", Obama said.

"There is enormous continuity. that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order around the world, " Obama said.

Whereas Obama hailed Trump's "impressive" ability to speak to voters, he also delivered a subtle critique of Clinton's campaign. "This office is bigger than any one person and that's why ensuring a smooth transition is so important". Obama says reforms undertaken by the Greek government haven't been easy but were necessary and will make the nation's economy more competitive in the long-term.

Officials described Trump's visit as a wake-up call of sorts, revealing the work to be done with the new White House staff before Trump is sworn in.

The only appointments Trump has made so far is keeping Reince Priebus as the chairman of the Republican National Committee and giving Steve Bannon, his campaign manager, the job of chief of staff. During the USA election campaign, the President-elect branded the organisation "obsolete" and questioned whether members were paying their fair share.



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