Obama says Trump likely to send signal of unity

President Barack Obama listens during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama listens during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says he thinks Donald Trump will seek to “send some signals of unity” to people alienated by his ferocious campaign.

In a White House news conference Monday, Obama said he advised Trump “to reach out to minority groups or women or others that were concerned about the tenor of the campaign” and “that’s something that he will want to do.” But Obama added that Trump is trying to balance commitments he made to “supporters that helped to get him here.”

On the campaign trail, Trump described Mexicans as rapists and criminals. He vowed to build a wall along the U.S.’s southern border and make Mexico pay for it. He appeared to mock a reporter with a physical disability and threatened to sue several women who accused him of assaulting them. Trump also disparaged the Muslim American parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq, and battled a former Miss America who is Latino about having gained weight.

 

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