WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama’s new conference and last overseas trip (all times EST):
President Barack Obama has a message to Democrats: Compete everywhere and show up everywhere.
In a White House news conference Monday ahead of his last foreign trip as president, Obama reflected on Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss to President-elect Donald Trump in last week’s election.
He also reflected on his own campaign for president eight years ago, recalling all of the time he spent in Iowa to win that state’s lead-off caucuses. He said he won the state because he spent time going everywhere, meeting everyone.
He stresses that Democrats “have to compete at a grass roots level.”
Clinton spent much of her time and money campaigning in swing and Republican-leaning states in the late stages of the 2016 campaign, losing several states that had consistently voted Democratic in the past several presidential elections.
President Barack Obama says he can reassure allies of the United States that his successor supports NATO.
Obama made the remark during a news conference just before embarking on his final overseas trip as president. He says on the weeklong tour of Greece, Germany and Peru, he’ll relay Donald Trump’s “commitment to NATO.” As a candidate for president, Trump complained that other members of the treaty organization did not contribute enough for the protections it affords.
Obama said the reassurance is “one of the most important functions” he can serve during the trip.
President Barack Obama is about to hold his first news conference since Republican Donald Trump won election to succeed him.
The session with reporters on Monday was expected to focus on questions about the election, its consequences for U.S. policy and Obama’s own legacy.
Obama will then depart on his last overseas trip as president. The weeklong tour was planned when it seemed certain Hillary Clinton would win the contest and was designed to reassure the world that the U.S. had regained its footing after a toxic campaign.
Obama will instead likely try to use the trip to calm world leaders about what comes next as Trump prepares to take over as president.