Obama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened'
Barack Obama called Donald Trump at about three o'clock in the morning to congratulate him. Even though Mr Trump had lost the popular vote and took the electoral college by less than 1% in three states today, President Trump declines to accept the verdict of the voters despite losing by greater margins to President elect Joe Biden. Mr Obama hasn't spoken of the election standoff until today. We spoke to the 44th president on the release of his new book, A Promised Land, a memoir of his early years and first term. What is your advice in this moment for President Trump? Well, the president is A public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office by design. And When your time is up. Uh, Then it is your job, too. With the country first and thinking beyond your own ego and your own. Interests and your own disappointments. My advice to President Trump is if you want. At this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who could come country First. It's time for you to do the same thing. In your view, it is time for him to concede. Absolutely I will. I mean, I think it was time for him to concede. Probably the day after the election or at the latest two days after the election, I When you look at the numbers objectively, Joe Biden will have won handily. There is no scenario in which Any of those states would turn the other way, and certainly not enough to reverse be outcome of the election. More than the courtesy of a concession, the Trump White House is declining to free up the usual funds and facilities for the incoming administration. President elect Biden is not receiving secret national security briefings. As Mr Trump did when he was president elect. What In your estimation? Would our adversaries be thinking right now? Russia China about the fact that the transition is not moving forward. Well, I look, I think our adversaries Have seen US weakened not just as a consequence this election, but over the last Several years. We have these cleavages in the body politick. That They're convinced they can exploit. There's an old adage that partisan politics should stop at the water's edge right that. When it comes to Our foreign policy that it is the United States of America, not the divided states of America. We met the former president at a symbol of America's past divisions. The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery was a hospital in the civil war. Clara Barton and Walt Whitman cared for patients in the building where the 16th president consoled his wounded. We joined Mr Obama's peers in the gallery of the President's to talk about his book. I'm curious about the title. I think a lot of people feel that we are farther from a promised land. Well, I titled it the promised land. Because even though we may not get there in our lifetimes, even if we experience hardships and disappointments along the way That I Create a more perfect union, not a perfect union. But a more perfect union. You