- Obama also congratulated Clinton for putting up a good fight and asks Americans to root for Trump's success
Obama said he had instructed his team to work hard to ensure a successful transition for the Republican billionaire, "because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country."
"We are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what's best for this country," Obama said.
"That's what I heard in Mr Trump's remarks last night. That's what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that."
Watch President Obama's speech in the Rose Garden below:
"We have to remember that we're actually all on one team." -@POTUS speaking in the Rose Garden https://t.co/pxvMRA7h09