Obama to meet with Sanders Thursday
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President Obama will meet with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE on Thursday at the White House. The meeting, requested by Sanders, will come two days after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE declared herself the Democratic presidential nominee.

CBS News reported Sanders will also meet with Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE (Nev.). 


Obama called Clinton on Tuesday night to congratulate her on wrapping up the nomination.

“Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children,” the White House said in a statement.

The president also spoke with Sanders, thanking him for “energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests' influence on our politics,” according to press secretary Josh Earnest.

Sanders and Obama will meet in person Thursday, according to the press release, to “continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America's working families.”

“The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on that enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead,” the White House said in a statement. 

Obama is believed to be close to officially endorsing Clinton for president.

Clinton on Tuesday night became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, holding both a majority of pledged delegates and superdelegates — the party leaders, such as Obama, who can support whomever they choose.

Clinton claimed victory at a campaign rally in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, where she extended an olive branch to Sanders supporters.

Sanders will address his supporters at a rally in Santa Monica, Calif., at 1 a.m. EST.

He has given no sign that he intends to get out of the race and insists that he’ll seek to flip superdelegates into his column between now and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.