*President Barack Obama, who has invited President-elect Donald Trump to the White House on Thursday, will address Trump’s victory in a statement from the White House at 12:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Vice President Joe Biden will join him, according to the Associated Press.
The White House says Obama called Trump from his residence in the White House early Wednesday to congratulate him. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Thursday meeting is to discuss the presidential transition.
Earlier, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Obama called Trump early Wednesday while he was speaking to his supporters in New York, and so Trump called him back after he left the stage. She said the two had what she described as a “very nice talk.”
The White House says Obama also called Hillary Clinton and expressed admiration for the “strong campaign she waged throughout the country.”
Clinton conceded the presidency to Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning after it became clear that she had no path to the 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. She was due to deliver her concession speech at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, one hour later than originally announced. She had yet to speak at press time. The campaign said she will give a “thoughtful” address and a “message of healing.”
In his victory speech, Trump praised her for a hard-fought campaign and said Americans owe her a major debt of gratitude for her long service to the country.
Former President George H. W. Bush also called Trump with congratulations this morning, speaking about 5 minutes in what Trump called a “warm and positive conversation.”