Obama speaks on Trump transition

Trump spent the weekend inside a newly-fortified Trump tower, forming his inner-circle

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference after attending a National Security Council Meeting on efforts to counter the Islamic State, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference after attending a National Security Council Meeting on efforts to counter the Islamic State, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNN) – President Obama held his first news conference Monday since he found out Donald Trump would be his successor.

Obama said, “My goal on January 21st is that America is in the strongest position possible.”

Obama talked about his 90-minute meeting with Trump last week. He said he still had concerns about Trump’s presidency, but thinks he can succeed.

Obama noted, “I don’t think he is ideological. I think ultimately he’s pragmatic in that way. That can serve him well, as long as he’s got good people around him and he has a clear sense of direction.”

Trump spent the weekend inside a newly-fortified Trump tower, forming his inner-circle. RNC chair Reince Priebus will be Chief of Staff, a pick endorsed by speaker Paul Ryan. Priebus will have to share control and influence with Trump’s Chief Strategist, former right wing news executive Steve Bannon; someone who comes from a much different wing of the party.

Former Chief of Staff for George W. Bush, Josh Bolten, said, “The tenor of the announcement caused me some concern about who is actually going to be in charge.”

Loyalty to Donald Trump is what Priebus and Bannon have in common. It’s also a common thread among Trump’s potential cabinet picks.

Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Jeff Sessions, and lieutenant general Michael Flynn are being considered for top roles, from attorney general to secretary of state. While conservative radio host, Laura Ingraham, is now being seriously considered for press secretary, among others.

Trump Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway noted, “It’s very important for President-elect Trump to have those around him who were with him to this point because loyalty is very important to him.”

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