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Obama calls, congratulates Trump on win

U.S. President Barack Obama called Donald Trump, his newly-elected successor, on Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory and invited him to the White House for talks on Thursday. Mr. Obama also called Hillary Clinton to express his “admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country”, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. During their talks on Thursday, the two were set to discuss the presidential transition.

“Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the President identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the President-elect is the next step,” added Mr. Earnest. — AFP