White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wasn’t surprised by President Obama’s formal endorsement of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
Earnest said during his daily media briefing that Obama had spoken with Sanders several times in the last week.
“And as a result of those conversations, I think it’s fair to say that Senator Sanders was not at all surprised by today’s announcement,” Earnest said.
Obama endorsed Clinton in a web video released by Clinton’s campaign shortly after he met with Sanders Thursday at the White House. After their meeting, Sanders vowed to stay in the race.
Earnest also said that the White House wasn’t surprised when Sanders chose to stay in the race after his meeting with Obama.
“Sen. Sanders has more than earned the right to make his own decision on his own timeframe about the future of his own campaign,” Earnest said.