Obama ‘heartened’ by Trump’s call for unity, invites president-elect to White House

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WASHINGTON — A day after the Presidential election, President Barack Obama said he was heartened by Trump’s call for unity.

During a news conference at the White House on Wednesday, Obama said the campaign was long and hard fought and that while a lot of Americans are feeling exultant, others are not.

He said everyone is sad when their side loses an election. But, resorting to sports analogies, Obama said “we’re actually all on one team” and we’re in an intramural scrimmage.

He said all Americans should want what’s best for the country.

In his acceptance speech, Trump called for the country to “bind the wounds of division.”

The new conference came just hours after the White House announced the President had extended an invitation to the president-elect Donald Trump to meet with him this week.

The president extended the invite during a phone call to his Republican successor, where he congratulated Trump on his victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The meeting, should Trump accept, could take place as early as Thursday, Nov. 10, at the White House.

According to the Wednesday statement, the meeting is meant to “update” Trump on the transition planning that the president’s team “has been working on for nearly a year.”

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, spoke with “CBS This Morning” Wednesday about the “cordial” conversation the president-elect had with Mr. Obama, saying the two “talked well into the wee hours” of the morning.

Conway told “CBS This Morning” that the details of the meeting were still being worked out.

The president also called Clinton, his former secretary of state, on Wednesday, expressing his “admiration for the strong campaign she waged.”