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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Following his meeting last week with President-elect Donald Trump, President Obama decided he needed to spend more time than a president typically would guiding Trump's transition to the White House, according to a Sunday Wall Street Journal report.

At the meeting, Trump seemed surprised by the duties of the president, and his staff seemed unaware that the entire administration staff had to be replaced, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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During an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes" set to air in full on Sunday, Donald Trump defended his use of Twitter during the campaign but said that he will be "restrained" with his social media use as president.

CBS' Lesley Stahl noted to Trump that he used his Twitter account to launch attacks throughout the election cycle and asked if he would do that as president. In response, Trump launched into an endorsement for social media and noted that is was a great way for him to keep "fighting back."

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Florida state Attorney General Pam Bondi, who had endorsed Donald Trump presidential bid, said on Friday that she has joined the President-elect's transition team.

"I’m honored to serve President-elect Donald J. Trump in making this historic transition and assisting in finding the best individuals to bring change to Washington on day one, grow our economy, protect our children and families, and be unafraid to stand up for Americans," Bondi told Politico.

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During a conference call with campaign donors on Saturday, Hillary Clinton placed some of the blame for her loss on the letter from FBI Director James Comey announcing that investigators would review new emails related to the probe into her email use, according to several reports.

“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” she said, according to the Washington Post. “But our analysis is that (FBI Director James B.) Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum."

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Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Friday resigned from CNN, where he had been a commentator, according to CNN.

Lewandowski's stint on CNN was controversial, since he was still being paid severance from the Trump campaign for at least some of his tenure at the news network and because he was still in touch with the Trump campaign.

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In a call on Friday with campaign staff and volunteers, Hillary Clinton thanked her supporters for their help and acknowledged how tough her loss on Election Day was.

"I’m not going to sugarcoat it: These have been very, very tough days,” Clinton said in the call, according to the Huffington Post. “This is a tough time for our country. I think we have seen how people have been reacting to the events of this election and I know we have got to be reaching out to each other to keep it clear in our own minds that what we did is so important. It looks like we are on the path to winning the popular vote, and that says volumes about the importance of your work and the lasting impact it will have.”

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In an interview on CBS News' "60 Minutes" set to air in full on Sunday, Donald Trump said that there would not be a gap between repealing Obamacare and putting in place a replacement.

"We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff. We’re going to repeal it and replace it. And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing," he said. "It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money."

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In his first television interview since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump described on CBS News' "60 Minutes" his phone call with Hillary Clinton and said that the former secretary of state is strong and smart.

"It was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult," Trump sad, referring to Clinton's call after Trump secured victory. "She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, 'Congratulations, Donald, well done.'"

"And I said, 'I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor.' She is very strong and very smart," he added in the interview set to air in full on Sunday.

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President Obama said on Thursday that he was "encouraged" by his meeting with Donald Trump at the White House, and stressed the importance for Americans to come together.

"I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump," Obama told reporters at the end of his meeting with Trump. "And as I said last night, my number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful."

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