Obama: 'Take a wait-and-see approach' to Trump

President Obama said Sunday that world leaders should take a “wait-and-see” approach to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE’s proposals.


“The President-elect now has to put together a team and put forward specifics about how he intends to govern,” Obama told reporters Sunday during a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru. 

“And he hasn’t had a full opportunity to do that yet. So people should take a wait-and-see approach in how much his policy proposals, once in the White House, once he is sworn in, matches up with the rhetoric of his campaign,” Obama said, noting that the language Trump used as a candidate may not match up to what he says when he is sworn into office.

Obama emphasized that seeing the “complexities of the issues” upon becoming the president-elect can shape and modify thinking.

“Reality will force him to adjust how he approaches many of these issues,” Obama added. “That’s just the way this office works.”

Trump has hosted numerous meetings in the past few days as he works to appoint members to his cabinet.

The President-elect offered Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser and Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE (R-Ala.) the job of attorney general.