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Tapper to WH Chief of Staff: Is Obama Concerned About Trump Legitimacy Questions from Democrats?

CNN’s Jake Tapper spoke with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough today and asked him about what John Lewis‘ remarks have set off within the Democratic party.

Lewis said he doesn’t think Donald Trump is a “legitimate president,” but Trump’s response pretty much unified Democrats and more of them have said they plan not to attend Trump’s inauguration.

Tapper asked McDonough if Obama considers that appropriate. McDonough said that the president believes in doing everything possible to make sure that Trump’s team is “ready to go” on day one.

When Tapper asked if he considers Trump legitimate, McDonough said, “The president has made very clear that he believes he is the freely-elected president.”

Tapper pointed out that Obama’s legitimacy was questioned over and over, “including by the incoming president-elect with that birther nonsense,” and so he wondered how comfortable the president is with this talk of Trump’s legitimacy.

McDonough deferred and simply said Obama doesn’t want to get in “the middle of this.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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