Pres. Obama holds first post-election news conference at White House

Pres. Obama holds first post-election press conference

WASHINGTON -- President Obama will answer questions about the election, the presidential transition and his legacy Monday at a White House news conference — his first since voters handed the White House over to a candidate who promised to dismantle his agenda.

But Obama will also likely make clear that he has things he wants to accomplish before he leaves office. As he often said when he was president-elect, there's only one president at a time.

The news conference may be intended to get domestic politics out of the way before Obama departs Monday night for a weeklong, three-country foreign trip that's expected to be the last of his presidency.

That trip — to Greece, Germany and Peru — will give Obama a chance to reassure allies that bipartisan commitments are more enduring than any one administration. He's scheduled three news conferences during the trip, one on each leg, adding up to an extraordinary one-week stretch in which he'll face the press four times.

Obama had one previous chance to answer questions after his meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week, but he demurred. "Here's a good rule: Don’t answer any questions when they just shout," he told the president-elect.

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