Obama: Trump had a 20 percent chance of winning
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President Obama says he wasn’t all that surprised by Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE’s upset victory in the presidential election.

“So I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent,” Obama said in a Rolling Stone interview published Tuesday. “That [doesn't] seem like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It's not a miracle."


Obama spoke to the magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, the day after Election Day, when the level of shock at the White House seemed very high. 

Dozens of stunned staffers, many of whom had tears in their eyes, stood in the Rose Garden to watch the president address the election results.

Obama’s assessment of Trump’s odds differs from his declaration in February that the real estate mogul “will not be president.”

But as the race wore on, Obama warned voters Trump had a real shot at winning.

“Now, this should not be a close race, but it’s going to be a close race,” he said at a rally in Charlotte, N.C., four days before Election Day.

Even though Obama said he was “disappointed” by the possibility Trump could roll back his core accomplishments, he told Wenner he wasn’t “dismayed” by the outcome because his administration has shaped “a generation to think about being inclusive, being fair, caring about the environment.”

“And they will have growing influence year by year, which means that America over time will continue to get better.”