White House spokesman Josh Earnest says it's important for there to be a smooth transition between President Obama and Donald Trump. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that no matter the outcome of the election, "either president would inherit a country that has some deep and passionate political differences." During a news briefing Earnest said, "that's why it's so important for there to be a smooth and effective, efficient transition from President Obama's presidency to the Trump presidency." He said the White House was committed to ensuring success of its policies between now and January 20, including Obamacare. The Obama administration remains committed to implementing the Paris agreement on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal through its final months, said Earnest. Obama and his wife, Michelle, campaigned hard for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to defeat Trump, acknowledging that the president's legacy on healthcare, climate change and financial reforms were on the line. But Obama kept his remarks on Wednesday focused on ensuring a successful transition for Trump, noting that his Republican predecessor, former President George W. Bush, had done the same for him eight years ago.