President-elect Donald Trump has responded to comments by first lady Michelle Obama to the effect that America has "no hope" following his election.
Obama made the comments in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air Dec. 19, ABC reported.
At one point in the program, Obama said the election of her husband in 2008 had given many people hope.
“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like,” she said. “What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”
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The interview will be Obama’s last one-on-one interview as first lady and was recorded at the White House.
The first lady spoke in favor of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the election campaign, including when she expressed her concern over reports Trump had sexually assaulted women.
“It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” Obama said in October, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Trump, speaking at a rally in Mobile, Alabama, as part of his victory tour, was restrained in his comments.
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“Michelle Obama said yesterday that there’s no hope,” he said.
The mention of the first lady’s name produced boos from his audience.
He stated that Obama “must have been talking about the past.”
“She made that statement not meaning it the way it came out,” Trump added, ABC reported.
The president-elect also mentioned his visit to the White House where he met with the Obamas, saying they could not have been nicer to him.
Trump spoke about some of his priorities when he takes office in his speech Dec. 17, which lasted around an hour. He reiterated his pledge to build a wall on the border with Mexico, drawing chants of “Build the wall!” from the crowd.
He also looked back to a rally in the same stadium in August 2015, an event which he said helped galvanize his presidential campaign.
“We have tremendous hope and we have tremendous promise and we have tremendous potential,” Trump said.
At the conclusion of his rally, Trump urged all Americans to “never give up.”