Trump in for quick wake-up call: Obama

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WASHINGTON: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to ad­just his tem­per­a­ment when he con­fronts the re­al­i­ties of his new job on Jan 20, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said on Mon­day.

In a news con­fer­ence at the White House, Obama said the free­wheel­ing Trump could not be as out­spo­ken as he was dur­ing the long and bit­ter cam­paign that ended last week with the Repub­li­can’s sur­prise win over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Sub­dued and care­fully choos­ing his words, Obama gave what ap­peared to be dis­pas­sion­ate ad­vice to his suc­ces­sor free of much of the par­ti­san ran­cor that marked the elec­tion cam­paign.

“This of­fice has a way of wak­ing you up,” Obama said.

“Those as­pects of his po­si­tions or pre­dis­po­si­tions that don’t match up with re­al­ity, he will find shaken up pretty quick be­cause re­al­ity has a way of as­sert­ing it­self.”

The two men met in the Oval Of­fice last week to be­gin the tran­si­tion of power.

Obama said on Mon­day he be­lieved Trump would be prag­matic in of­fice and not ap­proach the coun­try’s prob­lems from an ide­o­log­i­cal per­spec­tive.

“There are go­ing to be cer­tain el­e­ments of his tem­per­a­ment that will not serve him well, un­less he recog­nises them and cor­rects them,” Obama said.

“Be­cause when you’re a can­di­date and you say some­thing that is in­ac­cu­rate or con­tro­ver­sial it has less im­pact than it does when you’re pres­i­dent of the United States.

“Ev­ery­body around the world is pay­ing at­ten­tion. Mar­kets move,” he said. – Reuters

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