President Obama will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to take measure of last week's election results, before holding a conference call with congressional Democrats who are still reeling from Donald Trump's White House win.
The two events come just a few hours before Obama departs for his last trip as president to Europe, where he will visit Greece and Germany before going to Peru for this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.
Trump's victory is sure to dominate Obama's interactions with reporters and foreign leaders in the coming week. On Tuesday the president will meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, before departing Wednesday for Berlin. During his stop in Germany, he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain. At the end of the week Obama will head to Lima, Peru, where he will attend meetings with heads of state from Asia and Latin America.
The president will cover a variety of topics during his travels, including the global economy, counterterrorism, the sanctions Western nations have imposed against Russia in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, and instability in the Mideast and the refugee crisis that has emerged in its wake.
“Look, we certainly expect that the election will be the primary topic on people’s minds everywhere we go,” said White House deputy security adviser Ben Rhodes in a call with reporters Friday, adding that “we have one president at a time, and so President Obama, of course, will be running through the tape on January 20th” on his top international and domestic priorities.
“We will run through the tape with the implementation of those policies, and then the new team will make their own determinations,” Rhodes said. “And we respect that every administration will make its own judgment.”
The president will participate in a conference call at 5 p.m. Monday, a little more than an hour before leaving the White House, to discuss the election with Democratic officials who now face the prospect of being shut out of power in Washington for the first time in a decade.