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Obama Won't Answer Whether Or Not He'll Leave The U.S.

| by Zara Zhi

In October, Josh Earnest, The White House press secretary, skirted around reporters' questions about whether President Barack Obama would leave the U.S. if Donald Trump took over his job in January.

Now that the billionaire businessman and reality star has won the election, Obama has still not given a clear answer.

At a press conference aboard Air Force One on Oct. 24, before last week's shocking election result, Earnest told reporters Obama would “spend a significant amount of time” campaigning for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, Politico reported at the time.

When asked if Obama would leave the country if Trump were to be elected, Earnest responded with, “He’s working very hard to make sure that nobody has to leave the country as a result of an electoral outcome that the president doesn’t support.”

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Earnest also said at the time that Trump is unfit to lead the country.

“Make sure she wins big” Obama reportedly said at a fundraiser in California on Oct. 24." Send a message about who we are as a people, send a clear message about what America stands for."

“We want to win big," Obama continued. "We want to win big. We don’t want to just eke it out -- particularly when the other guy’s already starting to gripe about the game is rigged.”

Likewise, Trump criticized Obama’s campaign against him.

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“This guy, all he does is campaign,” Trump told a rally in St. Augustine, Florida. "He ought to go back and try and get some jobs for our country."

“All he does is campaign," Trump continued. "We have an incompetent president. We have a president that doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

After Trump’s shocking win on Nov. 8, the republican president elect reversed his earlier promise to repeal Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, by stating he plans to keep parts of the act, BCC reports.

On the campaign trail, Trump said Obamacare was a “total disaster” and “a catastrophe.”

During his hour-and-a-half meeting with Obama on Nov. 10, Trump said he has reexamined dismantling the ACA.

“I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” Trump said at Trump Tower, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”

His surprise decision may have come after 100,000 applicants signed up to join Obamacare the day after the election.

Around 22 million Americans would be without health insurance if the bill was revoked, BBC reports.

Sources: Politico, BBC, The Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: Pete Souza via The White House/Flickr

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