Obama pledges peaceful transition to Trump

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WASHINGTON (AP) -WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. election. (All times EST):

12:50 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he could not be prouder of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Obama said Clinton’s candidacy and nomination sent a message to daughters all across the country that “they can achieve at the highest levels of politics.” Clinton lost to Republican Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election.

Obama was speaking Wednesday in the White House’s Rose Garden. He said he is confident that Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will continue to do great work for people around the world.

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12:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he was heartened by President-elect Donald Trump’s call for unity.

Speaking Wednesday at the White House, Obama said the campaign was long and hard fought and that while a lot of Americans are feeling exultant, others are not.

He said everyone is sad when their side loses an election. But, resorting to sports analogies, Obama said “we’re actually all on one team” and we’re in an intramural scrimmage.

He said all Americans should want what’s best for the country.

In his acceptance speech, Trump called for the country to “bind the wounds of division.”

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12:35 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he’s instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

Obama spoke Wednesday in the White House’s Rose Garden following Trump’s upset victory in Tuesday’s presidential election.

He noted that he and Trump have had big differences. Trump promises to repeal many of Obama’s achievements over the past eight years. Obama had warned voters that if Trump were to win, “all that progress goes down the drain.”

Now, Obama said “we all want what’s best for this country.” He said the point is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in all citizens. He says that’s how the country has moved forward and he’s confident that the incredible American journey will continue.

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12:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says America “is more deeply divided than we thought,” but she is urging her supporters to accept the outcome of the presidential election.

In a speech Wednesday conceding the presidency to Republican Donald Trump, Clinton said, “I still believe in America, and I always will.”

She noted that “our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to keep building that better, stronger, fairer America.”

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