Valerie Jar­rett: Trump win was a ‘soul-crush­ing’ punch

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

Se­nior White House ad­viser Valerie Jar­rett on Wed­nes­day de­scribed Don­ald Trump’s stun­ning Elec­tion Day vic­tory as a “punch to the stom­ach,” but said the White House morale “is a lot bet­ter to­day” than it was nearly a month ago.

“Ob­vi­ously we were sur­prised by the out­come of the elec­tion,” Ms. Jar­rett said of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s de­feat, Politico re­ported.

“It kind of was like a — I’m not sure what the right anal­ogy would be — but like a punch in the stom­ach, let’s say. Soul-crush­ing might be another de­scrip­tion,” she said. “But that’s the democ­racy that we have: The peo­ple get to de­cide, and the elec­tions mat­ter, and we have to get about the busi­ness of do­ing our job.”

Pres­i­dent Obama, who sup­ported Mrs. Clin­ton dur­ing the elec­tion, of­ten traded crit­i­cism with Pres­i­dent-elect Trump on the cam­paign trail. How­ever, the two ap­peared to put aside their dif­fer­ences dur­ing a meet­ing just days af­ter the elec­tion. Mr. Trump said on the “To­day” show Wed­nes­day that he ap­pre­ci­ates Mr. Obama’s ideas and has sought the pres­i­dent’s ad­vice dur­ing his White House tran­si­tion.

Ms. Jar­rett said it didn’t sur­prise her that Mr. Trump was start­ing to like the pres­i­dent, Politico re­ported.

“I un­der­stand why he likes him. I guess I wish he’d got­ten to know him sooner and had spent some time with him,” she said.

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