Obama cautions Trump on how to run the White House

Obama asks top Republicans to dump Trump

US President Barack Obama has said he has advised his successor Donald Trump not to attempt to run the White House the way he will manage a family business.

He warned that there was a difference between governing and campaigning.

“What he has to appreciate is as soon as you walk into this office after you’ve been sworn-in, you’re now in charge of the largest organisation on Earth,” Mr Obama said.

“You can’t manage it the way you would manage a family business.”

Mr Obama added he and Mr Trump are “sort of opposites in some ways”.

In an interview with ABC news, Mr Obama asked Mr Trump to “respect” the US institutions.

Mr Obama said he was on the “policy wonk” end of the spectrum, in contrast to Mr Trump.

“I think that he has not spent a lot of time sweating the details,” Mr Obama said.

The President warned that quirk could give Mr Trump fresh perspective once he takes office, but it also could blindside him.

Mr Trump will be inaugurated on 20 January.

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