President Barack Obama is preparing for his final foreign trip in office, but before taking off for six days in Greece, Germany, and Peru the President held his first news conference since last week's election. Monday's conference marked the first time Obama took questions from the press since Donald Trump's victory.
During his time overseas Obama will have the unenviable task of convincing the rest of the world that real estate mogul and former reality TV star Donald Trump is ready to lead the nation. This is something that some have suggested the president may not believe himself.
Before taking questions from the press Obama began by bringing up three topics he wanted to address. He reiterated that his team is ready to insure a smooth transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. The speech was aired on BloombergTV.
"I remember what it was like when I came in eight years ago. It is a big challenge," Obama said. "This office is bigger than any one person and that is why ensuring a smooth transition is so important."
Although the promise of a smooth transition is not something that is explicitly required by the Constitution, Obama sees it as "one of those norms" that is key to a functioning democracy.
"Similar to norms of civility and tolerance and a commitment to reason, facts and analysis. It's part of what makes this country work," the president said.