August 3, 2016

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that President Obama’s Administration is committed to a “smooth” transition to the next president.

Earnest said at a press briefing that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough placed calls to both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaigns at the end of last week “to make them aware of the variety of resources that can be used to benefit their transition-planning activities,” including office space the General Services Administration made available for the campaigns’ transition teams and intelligence briefings.

“The President made clear at the beginning of this year that one of his goals for the year, one of his top goals for this year, was to ensure a smooth transition from the Obama Administration to the next president,” Earnest said.

Earnest said Obama has previously recognized how his Administration and the public benefitted from President George Bush’s “effective planning” and that Obama aspires to meet at least the same standard.

These comments come on the heels of Obama’s critique of Trump on Tuesday, when the president said Trump is “unfit” to be president.

“This Administration is committed to working both effectively with the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee to ensure that once the American people have made a decision about who should lead our country that that transition can take place smoothly,” Earnest said.

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