The calming face President Barack Obama and some White House aides are wearing publicly in response to Donald Trump's presidential election win contrasts with how they really feel, according to a new report.
Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere writes that workers in the West Wing are having a hard time coming to grips with Trump's improbable triumph Tuesday night.
Obama addressed the nation from the Rose Garden Wednesday, hours after the presidential race was officially called by news organizations in Trump's favor. Obama called for unity, saying everyone simply wants what's best for the country — regardless of which party they represent. Obama pledged to make the transition from his administration to Trump's smooth, and even invited Trump to the White House for a Thursday meeting.
Despite the positivity, White House staffers at the speech were seen crying as they mourned Democrat Hillary Clinton's loss.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, reports Politico, admitted "the American people have rendered their judgment."
Other Democrats are worried that many of what Obama accomplished during his eight-year presidency, from transgender issues to his executive actions on illegal immigration, could be erased when Trump takes office. House Speaker Mitch McConnell said Wednesday repealing Obamacare, which was signed into law in 2010, will be high on the agenda.
Also in play is the Supreme Court, which has one vacancy and could have others over the next 4-8 years. The Republican-controlled House and Senate will presumably help Trump advance his White House agenda.
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