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President Obama and Greek PM on Trump victory

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 10:52 AM
United States President Barack Obama, left, speaks during a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Maximos Mansion in Athens on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama says he isn't buying the notion that Donald Trump's election victory is a rejection of his world views.

He says that the last time he checked polling, a pretty healthy majority of Americans agree with him on international affairs.

Speaking at a press conference in Greece, Obama says "sometimes people just feel as if we want to try something and see if we can shake things up."

Obama says he'll never apologise for saying the world's future will be defined by what people have in common rather than by what separates nations and leads to conflict.

He says nations that focus on inclusion will in the long-term be more successful.


Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he hasn't joined some other European leaders in criticizing Donald Trump.

Tsipras told a news conference with President Barack Obama that Trump had an "aggressive manner" in the campaign but he figures Trump will act differently in office.
The Greek leader says many are fearful that Trump will radically change US foreign policy. He says despite those fears, "we should build bridges, not walls."

Tsipras says he knows little about Trump. But he says some people told him before the election that to better understand Trump, he should have read his book, "The Art of the Deal."