By MARTIN ROBINSON, UK CHIEF REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE
President Barack Obama called to congratulate Donald Trump after his surprise victory, and invited him to a meeting at the White House.
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A White House spokesperson said on Wednesday morning that the two men had spoken, and that President Obama had asked to president elect to travel to Washington DC on Thursday so they could begin to discuss the transition on power.
It appears that the two men spoke shortly before 4am on Wednesday.
The White House said in a statement: '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.'
That call came after President Obama's somber election night speech on Wednesday, during which he told Americans: 'No matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning'.