President Obama Calls President-Elect Trump to Extend White House Invitation

Obama likely didn’t want to make the call, but it’s customary for the current president to invite the president-elect over for a chat.

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd during a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Independence Mall in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 2016. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

After eight years of running the country, we’re willing to bet that Wednesday morning’s phone call to President-elect Donald Trump was the hardest call President Barack Obama has ever had to make.

Obama congratulated Trump on his victory and invited the reality star to the White House Thursday to discuss “the smooth transition of power,” USA Today reports.

Although it’s customary for the sitting president to play nice with the president-elect, because of the inflammatory nature of Trump’s campaign and his commitment to undoing everything that Obama has done, we’re thinking that the call may have been contentious.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not go into what else the president and Trump discussed during the call, but he did note that the president had made the call from the White House residence in the early-morning hours.

Obama also reached out to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and “expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country,” Earnest said, USA Today reports.

Obama is expected to discuss the election results Wednesday and will also touch on “what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season,” Earnest said, the newspaper reports.

Read more at USA Today.

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