Obama intends to brief, not lobby, Trump on policies: White House

November 9, 2016 2:54 PM EST

U.S. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, speaks about the election results that saw Donald Trump become President-elect from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 9, 2016.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama intends to brief, rather than lobby, President-elect Donald Trump about the Obama administration's policies during the transition of power, the White House said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a news briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest added, however, that viewing some policies from inside the government "gives you a new appreciation for the benefits of those policies."

"President Obama is committed to an effective transition that helps bring President-elect Trump and his team up to speed on the current status of U.S. policy, including foreign policy," Earnest said.

(Reporting by Sussan Heavey; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chris Reese)

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