President Barack Obama spoke to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday morning to congratulate him on his victory, the White House said in a statement. Obama invited Trump to meet with him at the White House on Thursday to update him on the transition, the statement said. "Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the President identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the President-elect is the next step," the statement said. Obama will make a statement at the White House later Wednesday on the election results and speak about "what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season." Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called into the John Gibson Show today to talk about Trump's victory and what changes Trump will be making when he gets into the White House. Gingrich said:
I think that Trump's gotta make some very big decisions. I sort of think I know where he's going to go but it's a different thing to be the President Elect than to be the candidate and he's going to realize tomorrow when he walks into that White House that he's about to have the burden of the whole country and to some extent the whole world on his shoulders. I think they've got to decide, the biggest single decision they've got to make is do they want to manage the current government or do they want to profoundly change it? If they want to profoundly change it that requires different people, that requires recruiting them in a different way, and setting a different set of objectives and I think that maybe the most important single decision he makes in the next 30 days is what direction does he want to go.
Gingrich on what role he would like to play in the Trump administration:
I'd like to be the Chief Planner and I'd like to look at, how do you transform the Veteran's Administration. How do you profoundly improve our approach to national security. What do you have to do to have a long-term health system that is actually better, more convenient, more productive and less expensive. I don't think we want a day-to-day job because frankly having watched it up close for a long time, day-to-day jobs absorb you and you end up in whatever's on page one of the New York Times or the Washington Post or the lead at Fox News, and you spend all day chasing those kind of things. And I want to be able to work strategically and try to really help think through, how do we get an American government into the 21st century and how do we make it responsive to the American people.
Gingrich on if he thinks Trump is up for the job:
I think Barack Obama in terms of my values, Barack Obama has been a total disaster, so was that being up for the job? I think Hillary Clinton would've been a disaster. I think Donald Trump is a very smart man who has been very successful in business who has proven in the last 2 years that hes pretty darn good in politics. And I think he will now bring 70 years of experience to bear and try to lead the American people and manage the federal government. So I think he's up to it in that sense, he certainly has shown great discipline in the last few weeks. He's been involved in an endurance contest for almost 2 years and overall he was impressive enough to the American people decided to hire him as president.
Gingrich on some African American voters thinking a Trump presidency could unleash a racial discrimination against them:
I think Trump is very, very sincere in his concept of a new deal for African Americans. I think he was shocked to learn from people like Ben Carson and like Sheriff Clarke of Milwaukee just how big the changes need to be and I think this is a fascinating moment in time to see somebody. You know I used to say that John F. Kennedy when he campaigned in West Virginia as a rich Boston man, suddenly encountered poverty directly for the first time and it shook him to the core. I think that in some ways Donald Trump has countered many parts of America he did not know existed and I think that they have really profoundly impacted him and I think that he is not the man today that he was a year ago. I think he's learned a great deal.