President Barack Obama called Donald Trump Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his win, and encourage a smooth transition

By Julie Mazziotta
November 09, 2016 05:04 AM

From the current president, to the president-elect.

President Barack Obama called the newly elected Donald Trump to congratulate him on his win early Wednesday morning, the White House said in a statement.

Obama invited Trump to join him at the White House on Thursday to discuss the presidential transition, citing a need to plan.

“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,” the statement said.

The President will release another statement Wednesday on “what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Obama also called Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and “expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country,” Earnest said.

In recent weeks, Obama had campaigned hard against Trump, poking at his claims by saying “c’mon, man!”

In January, Matt Lauer asked Obama during a Today show segment if he could ever envision Trump giving a State of the Union speech.

“Well, I can imagine it — in a Saturday Night Live skit,” Obama joked.

“Look, anything’s possible,” he went on to say. “And I think we shouldn’t be complacent. I think everybody’s got to work hard.”