President Barack Obama said people shouldn't worry about the coming Donald Trump presidency just yet and urged the world to give the president-elect a chance before casting judgment.
"People should take a wait-and-see approach in how much his policy proposals, once he’s in the White House, once he’s sworn in, match up with the rhetoric of his campaign," Obama said a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), according to ABC News.
Obama added: "Once you’re in the Oval Office, once you begin interacting with world leaders, once you see the complexities of the issues, that has a way of shaping your thinking and in some case modifying."
Back in February, Obama said he didn't think Trump could win.
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"I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president," he said at a news conference after meeting with Southeast Asian leaders in California, reported Bloomberg. "And the reason is, I continue to have faith in the American people. And I think they realize that being president of the United States is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show."
At the APEC meeting, world leaders were still expressing surprise that Trump was elected. Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynski said he warned Obama about the “thump of Trump,” reported ABC News.
"I had the feeling that Trump was doing fantastically well, considering his remarks and offensive comments," Kuczynski said. "In a normal situation, he should have collapsed in the polls, but that was telling me and others he was doing well.”
Kuczynski's wife Nancy is from Wisconsin, a state that Clinton was widely assumed to win, but ended up losing to Trump. And the Peruvian president said the close polls in that state, as well as Pennsylvania, was an indication to him that Clinton could lose.
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"I know those places and it tugs a little bit to your heart. It’s very interesting and it’s emotional,” Kuczynski said.