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hoping that the party would change its direction on cultural issues, i would be really, becauseepressed today, while the republican party run the presidency -- won the presidency, that fight kind of got prolonged. for the first hundred days? your guests is as good as mine -- guess is as good as mine. we're going to facile our seat -- fasten our seat belts and buckle up for a wild ride. i don't even know if he knows what he's going to do yet. your membership and national journal will help you understand that. [laughter] signed myrare ready new, but that is a little extra newellready signed myra , but that is a
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[indiscernible conversation] >> we'll have more analysis of the election results today from the heritage foundation with a panel of conservatives who both supported and opposed the trump
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campaign live at noon eastern time. later, journalist, pollsters and pundits on the election results and the media coverage of the presidential campaign. live at 6:45 p.m. eastern time ere on c-span. white house press secretary josh ernest spoke with reporters. this is about an hour. >> the president was monitoring returns. i don't have a lot of details to share from there. obviously he relied on staff to help coordinate the calls he placed to secretary clintnd and
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president eye elect trump erect spivel. he stayed up late. he wasn't able to reach president elect trump until after he had delivered his remarks last night. so it was rather late. but obviously we had to work through staff in order to make that happen. >> you said that schedule is not changing. how is he going to explain to allies what happened? the president -- on all his foreign trips said he's confident hillary clinton is going to win. none of which transpired was going to happen. what is his message going to be? it would seem to be redirecting what's going to be a fair well visit. >> listen, the president spent a lot of time on his foreign travels offering reassurance to our partners and allies around the world about the state of the political debate in this
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country and the likely outcome of the election. now that we have an outcome of the election, i think the president will continue to offer reassurance to our closest allies and partners about the steadfast commitment of the united states to the kinds of alliances and partnerships that advance our interests and keep our country safe. many of our strongest alliances are alliance that is have been fortified by democratic and republican presidents. president obama obviously invested a lot of his own time and attention to prioritizing investments in many of those alliances particularly in the asia pacific and president elect trump will chart a foreign policy path that he believes is in america's best interests. he will do so after getting the benefit of briefings from president obama and from the
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national security experts in the obama administration that have been implementing that policy and implementing that strategy. ut i think the reassurance that president obama can offer to a lot of our allies is that traditionally and for generations in some cases our allyances have transcended individual plt -- presidents and parties. but ultimately it's going to be up to the president elect to decide. >> the president's rhetoric during the campaign. so you're saying that his comments about donald trump being unfit to be president of the united states shouldn't have the nuclear code, genuine national security threat to the united states if he was elected. you're basically saying the president still agrees with all of that but the voters have spoken so the sun came up and
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everybody shufede move on? >> well, look, i think what the president said in the rose garden is that our democracy demands the success of our democracy demands that the president put aside his own personal political views and his own preferences as he transitions out of office. the president doesn't choose his successer. the american people do. they've spoken. >> a lot of people took what he said very seriously and therefore voted for hillary clinton based on some of the things that he has said. and they're nervous rgs anxious. so what does he say to that? >> he says to them that the institutions of our democracy have been in place for 240 years. and our democracy has been buffeted by great challenge. some of which originated inside the united states, some of those challenges originated
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overseas. but by relying on our institutions and democratic traditions, demonstrating a faithful commitment to the will of the american people, our democracy hasn't just survived, it's thrived. and the president places great faith in the american people and in our longstanding democratic traditions and institutions. he places great faith in the people who make up those institutions, whether that's the united states military, our men and women in law enforcement, the millions of american patriots that are civil servants that serve in our federal government. he also places great confidence in those americans who don't work in government but are committed to moving this country forward. and that was the reference that he made in the rose garden to teachers that are responsible
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for educating the next generation of meshes. they don't get glor -- americans. they don't get glory or big paychecks but they are critical to the success of our country and our country's future strength. the same would apply to nurses all across the country. they don't get the glory but they are doing the quiet work of striving to perfect our union. >> in tomorrow's meeting do you meelnia is coming to meet with mrs. trump? >> i don't know. we'll try to pin that dayu down today. >> trump -- if the president's puts aside the harsh criticism that he leveled against trump during the campaign and welcomes him tomorrow, doesn't it put the meeting under an air
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of insincerity, bearing in mind what was said about him, what carol mentioned, the unfit and unqualified to be president and commander in chief? >> no. to be blunt. the president is quite sincere about fulfilling the basic responsibility that he has to the american people and our democracy to ensure a smooth transition to the next presidency. at the same time, mark, the president has no desire or inclination to paper over the deep differences that the two of them have. the president acknowledged them in his remarks in the rose garden. nd his expectation is that the president-elect trump is going to make the decisions that are consistent with his own policy views. when he becomes president of the united states. and there's a strong chance
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that the president is going to -- that president obama is going to disagree with at least some of those decisions. but the success of our democracy depends on everybody, every single citizen including the president of the united states, setting aside their partisan affiliation, setting aside their political preferences and rooting for the success of the american president as that person seeks to unite the country and move us forward. so i'm not saying it's going to be an easy meeting, but the president is deeply sincere about fulfilling this responsibility and -- look, i think it was also evident from hearing the president talk about this that -- president obama entered office at a tumultuous time in our nation's history. we were in the depths of the
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worst economic crisis since the great depression. d his ability to mobilize an effective response that has spawned an historicically strong recovery depended on him getting a running start. and that running start was only possible because of the commitment of president bush and his team to this same principle of a smooth and effective transition. so president obama has experienced first-hand how a president benefits from the incumbent president devoting the time and energy that's necessary to help an incoming president get off to a running start. and praunl is genuinely -- president obama is gin rinly rooting for president trump to succeed in uniting this country and helping this country make additional progress. that's a sincerely held view.
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>> despite what you said at the start, might you want to respond or comment on what speaker ryan said that the election was a repudiation of the liberal and progressive policies of this president? >> i think there will be plenty of time for he to respond to statements like that in the days ahead. but in the spirit of today we'll set that aside. but we can talk tomorrow. i've got some stuff. >> what do you say about how much of the returns the president watched? was he up all night? who was he watching with? was he with family and staff? what can you say about his reaction? during the campaign he said that there was no comparison between these candidates. that there really beant a choice but this was the choice that was made. surely he must have been stunned at some point. >> president obama did stay up late. it was not until after mr. trump -- president elect trump
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completed his remarks that president obama was able to reach him on the telephone. so i know it was at least 3:30, 4:00 before president obama was able to turn in. i suspect the same is true of all of you. so he's not looking for any sympathy. but -- [inaudible] >> the president was in the residence. i don't know if there was any staff that was with him in person. he obviously was in communication with a number of staff members last night. and i don't know whether or not members of his family joined him as he was watching the results. >> and his reaction to things going the way they did. >> i think you got a good sense of the president's reaction in the rose garden. which is the candidate that he was supporting didn't win and that's disappointing to him and to the 52 million other people who voted for secretary clinton. >> you're saying that at no point in the night was he surprised or had any other reaction?
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>> no. i don't think anybody -- when i say anybody, i mean everybody got an outcome that we weren't expecting. that applies to the president too. >> can you describe the reaction along those lines? >> it wasn't a positive surprise in his mind. he obviously was weighing in, in support of secretary clinton and he felt strongly about this race. he made clear that there was a clear choice. but the president knew going in once people that started casting ballots, his responsibility shifted from advocating for his preferred successer to planning for a smooth transition for -- with whom ever won the election. so he's mindful from the beginning of his responsibilities to the country and to our democracy.
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in part because of his own personal experience of benefiting from that that president bush initiated in 2008. >> at one point he started to think this is really going in the opposite direction? >> i don't know at which point he reached that conclusion. dawned on sort of everybody at some point probably relatively late in the evening last night. >> these comments have been brought up a couple of times now. but for both the president and other members of the administration to say during this campaign that the thing that is donald trump was saying were dangerous, were actually dangerous to national security. and you said just today that there are real concerns. so what are the top of the president's concerns right now for somebody to transition to someone that he actually called unfit and dangerous for
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national security. >> that is the rhetoric that you heard from the president on the campaign trail. that rhetoric reflects the president's views. it certainly reflects his own experiences having served in this job and it reflects his own unique perspective on who is best qualified to succeed him. but the election is over. the election's been decided and we live in a democracy, and the democracy means the president doesn't choose a successer. the american people do. and they did. and the president's responsibility is to ensure a smooth and effective transition with the president elect. and that is now the president's top priority and that's one that previous presidents demonstrated that served our country and our citizens very well, and the president's expectation is that a commitment to those principles and a commitment to an effective transition will serve
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the country this time, too. >> you said that the time for argument is over. well, that's right. this is now real. so if we are to believe, as you said we should, the president's concerns that this was a dangerous situation, surely the president must have some real concerns right now. and can you describe maybe the parameters of this? >> listen, i want to be real clear about this. the election is over. there are going to don't to be debates about the future of our country there are going to be tough debates in congress about the future of our country. there are going to be tough debates inside the republican party about the future of our country. there are going to be some tough debates inside the democratic party about the future of our country. so the election is over. and you've seen secretary clinton and senator kaine offer up their gracious concession. and you heard president obama graciously commit to a smooth
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transition even with a candidate that he did not support. in fact one that he vehemently opposed. but that's what our democracy demands. and that is evidence of the durrability and strength of our democracy and it will serve the incoming president well, it will serve the incoming congress well, it will serve our ally's fs and partners around the world well. it will serve our economy well. that's why the president has made this such a priority. >> our democracy also demands that at some rare times -- although not most recently -- the winner of the popular vote is not always the president. does that make this more painful for the administration? >> i look, i can't speak for everybody. but it doesn't to me. everybody knew the rules when -- everybody knew what the rules were. and i think the outcome of the
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popular vote is an indication that secretary clinton's historic campaign succeeded in mobilizing tens of millions of mericans behind her vision and her candidacy. that is a credit to her. president obama i think deserves a little credit for that, too, given how aggressively he campaigned for her and given the kind of agenda that he also laid out. but, no. everybody was aware of the fact that the next president is determined based on a count in the electoral college, not a count of the popular vote. >> during the campaign he said many statements to the effect of this is not who america is. this is not what we stand for. i believe in the judgment and
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values of the american people that they will choose the candidate i support. and that america is not as divided as people say. does he still believe those things that he said then? >> well, i think what is true is that the president had an opportunity to convey his very well-known views about the two candidates on the campaign trail many, many times over the ast several weeks. but he knew all along that what he was doing is advocating to the american people trying to convince them to support his preferred candidate. and some 52 million of them did. but not enough to win the electoral vote. and that is our system of democracy. and it's not perfect, but it's a system that has served us very well. >> has this changed the president's view of who we are
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and what america is? that's kind of the tone that he was taking. >> no. i don't want to leave you with that impression. obviously the president disagrees with the outcome. his preferred candidate didn't win. but, look, what it says about the voters and their motivation and their priorities, again, i think people are going to spend weeks, months, if not years trying to discern what this all means. but at the most basic level what it means is that donald trump is the president elect of the united states and the responsibility of the sitting president is to make sure that president-elect trump can hit the ground running when he hits the oval office. >> he said he would take it as a personal insult if hillary clinton was not elected and great numbers didn't turn out. so does he? >> listen, the feelings the
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president was conveying in that speech were authentic and they reflect his views. ut he -- the election is over. the time for advocating for a specific candidate has come to an end and the time for planning for a smooth, effective transition for the president elect is now well under way. and that's a process that president obama is deeply committed. >> you've emphasized a smooth transition being important and you keep pointing back to the transition that happened between george w. bush and mr. balm. but as far as i know, mr. bush never tried to lobby president obama directly to maintain some of his policies. but you've just told us that the president will have the opportunity to talk to the president elect trump about some of these policies. are you suggesting that mr. obama is going to lobby mr. trump directly to maintain some
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of these policies that mr. trump has repeatedly excoriated on the campaign trail? and if that's not going to happen, doesn't that mean that the iran deal, emission limits, immigration, transgender, all those things are sort of gone on january 21? >> there's a lot there. that's good. that's ok. these are important questions. i think the first thing is i can't speak to the nature of the conversations between president bush and then president elect obama. i don't know if president bush lobbied president obama on any issues or not. i think what i would say in terms of trying to help you get a sense of the kinds of conversations i'm trying to describe, i wouldn't use the word lobby. i think what i would do is basically say the intent of president obama and his team is to brief president-elect trump
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and his team. >> you were there. >> well, again, the point that i'm trying to make is this -- is that -- and president obama has acknowledged this. that the view of certain policies once you're inside overnment give you a new appreciation for the benefits of those policies. am i suggesting that president trump is going to reverse himi himself on a whole range of things? no. i'm not trying to make that case. but what president obama is well, what s -- president obama is committed to is an effective transition that helps bring president elect trump and his team up to speed on the current status of u.s. policy, including foreign policy. and there is a long tradition of presidents -- even
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presidents in different parties -- seeking to preserve some measure of continuity, particularly where those interests align. i wouldn't predict at this point how all that shakes out. the one thing that i would point out is that there are the n situations where downside of unilaterally withdrawing from some of these international agreements is significant. so the consequences, for example, with the iran deal of the g out, you do risk iranians trying to break out. at the same time, there's also a u.n. security council resolution that applies to this agreement. that means this agreement is something that is supported by -- llies but alleges by
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also by russia. i think that could be a good indication of how united the international community is behind this agreement. and president-elect trump will have to decide what impact in sort of a unilateral withdrawal would have with countries around the world. but again, the american people have trusted him with the presidency. he will determine the course and will have to evaluate all those things. point is based on the existence of that u.n. security council resolution, on the consequences of withdrawing from that agreement, it's much more complicated than saying you're just going to tear the agreement up. it doesn't mean he won't do it. it just means that when briefed
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on all these consequences he will have to take a close look at what policy he chooses to pursue. >> but that assumes an optimism that your briefing can actually change his mind. and this is a man, mr. trump, who the president has described for months as someone who is deliberately ignorant about much of what goes on in the federal government and doesn't seem interested actually in losing this ignorance about many of these issues. so you're suggesting a process here of the president -- ed kating the president elect in a way that will get him to change his mind. but that defies the description that the president himself has given of mr. trump as someone who is willing to take counsel and changed his mind. >> the president acknowledged in the rose garden that the tone that president elect trump displayed last night at a moment when the world was watching was markedly different
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than the tone that he typically adopted on the campaign trail. that's one small example. does that apply to his policy positions? who knows. but in the context of ensuring an effective transition, this administration is going to convey as much information as possible about u.s. policy and the benefits of that policy and the consequences -- the positive and anything toif -- for our pursuit of that policy. and ultimately it will be up to president elect trump to weigh all that information. presumably he will rely on the advise of experts and maybe some who haven't been to ultimately make some of these decisions. but the example of the iran deal is a good one because there are significant and de-ranging consequences that make it clear that it's not
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just as simple as some of the campaign rhetoric might make it seem. does that change his decision? i have no idea. -- i guess s i'll i'll be reading about it in the newspaper. >> so then earlier when you said to chris this is not going to be easy, you weren't just talking about dismantling the aca. you were talking about the obama legacy. i think when i said -- at one point i said it won't be easy. i think i was referring to the meeting itself. >> you were talking about trying to repeal obamacare is not as easy as decried. >> that's a different example. obviously there's a role for congress to weigh in, in all of this. there's still a republican majority in both the house and the senate which presumably would make that a little easier but there are filibuster rules in the senate that i know
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leader mcconnell has previously expressed significant passion for protecting. we'll see if he retains that passion moving forward. but that certainly would require some bipartisan cooperation. the same is true -- well, there's a different situation in the house which is that you all have well chronicled the deep divisions within the republican party in the house that make for a rather unruly majority. and it means that speaker ryan i think in some cases is going to have to look for some democratic cooperation at least on the when you're campaign trail you say this is widely opposed and i'm going to tear it up. but then you get it in office and you realize you need congress' cooperation and you have to work in bipartisan fashion to get anything done in the senate to try to organize the republican conference of the house of representatives is kind of a mess.
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all of a sudden it gets a lot harder. does that mean -- does that change the outcome? i don't know. we'll have to see. my point is, is that these are the kinds of difficult questions that president elect trump will inherit. particularly when you consider the consequences, which include stripping health care from 20 or 22 americans, significantly increasing the deficit, significantly increasing health care costs including for small businesses. so there are real world consequences to deal with that often in the context of campaign rhetoric aren't accounted for. >> the people are tempted now to say the obama legacy is toast. you would contend with that. based on your analysis of the obama care repeal and what you just said about the iran deal. >> again, i think it is far too early to tell exactly what kind of decisions president-elect
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trump will make and what impact they will have on the priorities that president obama has so proudly achieved. it's -- it certainly is not as positive a picture if secretary clinton had emerged victorious. i would be a lot more confident. mr. trump ran on a different platform and what president trump chooses to do as he makes -- is ns is something to something that you can't fully analyze in the abtract. we'll have to -- as his presidency moves forward, you all will have an opportunity to evaluate what impact his decisions have had on the accomplishments that president obama and his team are quite
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proud of. >> so not as positive if hillary clinton, but not as bleak as the president portrayed it. >> the president stands by the rhetoric he used on the campaign trail but the president is himself in describing his own campaigning have noted that there's a significant difference between the two things. it doesn't mean that you fall on your principles. it doesn't mean that you're necessarily overpromising. it just means that they are two different things. and it's why there are all these open questions that only president elect trump can answer. and i don't know how many of them he will try to answer on the first day, but you will just have to let me know. >> you also said to margaret that when the president is overseas he will be trying to reassure allies and partners of the steadfast commitment. that's in question now. right? how can he do that exactly?
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>> well, he can do that based on the longstanding tradition in our democracy of democratic and republican presidents reinforcing our relationships around the world that advance our national interests. there's a democratic and republican tradition to strengthning our alliance with south korea, for example. and what we have found is that our alliance with south korea superseeds any individual presidency, it superseeds any individual party because we've seen presidents in both parties seek to strengthen that alliance. so that would be if you're looking for a reason to be hopeful about the future of the u.s.-south korea alliance, that's what you would draw from is the long history in this country of presidents in both parties seeking to enforce that. is that something president elect trump will do? i don't know. we'll all find out. >> so the president ought to be saying, i hope.
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not i assure. >> the president would say there's a long tradition, there is reason to be optimistic because we've seen presidents in both parties pursue a strong alliance with south korea. that's just the first example that popped into my head. i'm not singling that out for a particular reason. are leaders going to say mr. trump appears to be different than recent presidents? they wouldn't be wrong about that. so the president can offer some measure of reassurance but ultimately the american people have chosen to give president-elect trump the responsibility for figuring hat out. >> what do you expect in the conference tomorrow? >> unclear at this point whether or not president obama will take questions. but we'll keep you posted. at a minimum you can certainly expect that the president will spend some time taking questions from you over the course of his trip overseas. >> and maybe tomorrow. >> maybe tomorrow.
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but we'll try and get you some clarity about that before the end of the day. >> would president elect trump take questions? >> you'll have to check with his team on that. >> has the president reached out to any world leaders? have any reached out to him since the result has been known? the president said earlier world leaders are rattled. >> when i walked out here i'm not aware of any conversations that president obama had had with foreign leaders at this point. but if there are calls like that that we can read out i'll let you know. i can't speak who has reached out to the white house or u.s. government since last night. i will let those individual governments speak for themselves. as christy alluded to, on the course of president obama's travels next week he will have an opportunity to see the leaders of many of the countries with whom the united states has an important
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relationship. and we'll have more details about that trip in the next couple of days. is e of the countries peru. want to ask about there was an idea the lame duck period would be stumping for ptt both publicly and with congress. given the fact that this elect has repudiated the idea of trade with many nations, with donald trump's victory, has that changed? is the president still going to stump for ptt? >> this was a question you would be asking me regardless of the election because obviously secretary clinton's stated opposition to this has been well covered as well. i think what i can say in general -- well, the first thing i can tell you is that
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president obama did have an opportunity earlier today to speak to leader mcconnell on the phone. the president is hopeful that he will be able to connect with speaker ryan at some point relatively soon. and we'll let you know when that's occurred. and i they -- they did have a conversation about the outcome and president obama did congratulate leader mcconnell on his success in retaining the title of majority leader in the united states senate. and they had an opportunity to discuss some of the priorities for the lame duck session. i don't have a detailed readout to share but president obama does continue to believe that this is the best opportunity that the congress has to take advantage of the benefits of a transpacific partnership agreement that cuts taxes -- 18,000 tax that is other countries impose on american
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products. we have a strong case to make and we're going to encourage republican leaders to take it up and pass it because of the enormous benefits that would accrue to american workers, american businesses, and the broader u.s. economy. ok? gregory. >> has the president ordered president trump now receive the same full president daley briefing? i can tell you that the presidential daley briefing and other -- daily briefing and other intelligence materials has been made available to president trump -- president elect trump, vice president elect pence. and a couple designated members of his team. this is a courtesy that president bush extended to president-elect obama and vice presidential elect biden and a couple designated members of
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their team. this is an important part of ensuring the kind of smooth transition that president obama has prioritized. >> it's the same briefing that he himself receives? >> i can't speak to the nature of the information that is presented. so -- but the idea is here is that the president elect and the vice president elect and some of their key national security advisers, just a couple of designated officials, can begin to get access to the kind of material that they will need to make important foreign policy decisions once president trump takes office. >> following up about pardons for secretary clinton specifically but also generally, the president was asked about this in august about last-minute pardons and he said that any last-minute pardons would have to go through the attorney, through white house counsel, through regular process and that all pardons would be based on merit nd not political conversation.
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does that guidance still stand? and wouldn't that preclude the president from giving a last-minute pardon to secretary clinton? remember when you asked earlier this summer and that's the answer that president obama gave you in that news conference still applies. i wouldn't speculate about what that may have on hypothetical pardon requests that he receives. i'll just say that the guidance that president obama shared with you is still operatives. >> is the -- the event still on for tomorrow? >> absolutely. >> the president said he was encouraged by some of the things that he has heard from donald trump in the last 24 hours. does the president have confidence that donald trump will respect the rule of law? >> well, i think at this point
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what president obama is responding to is the tone that president-elect trump displayed at his event last night. and the significance of that is had to make a conscious decision about the tone he was going to use in speaking to not just his orders in the ballroom, but also the millions of americans watching on tv and tens of millions watching around the world. it is a high-stakes moment. it is an opportunity for president-elect trump to make an impression. at that moment, he chose to that seemse generally familiar to people who ha


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