U.S. President Obama says his team is ready to accelerate a smooth transition for President-elect Donald Trump and his team, saying ''this office is bigger than any one person.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: During a news conference in the White House briefing room, U.S. President Obama says he told President-elect Donald Trump that his team is ready to accelerate his transition. "This office is bigger than any one person and that's why ensuring a smooth transition is so important," Obama said. Democrats, civil rights groups and even some Republicans slammed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday for choosing right-wing firebrand Stephen Bannon as a key aide, saying it would elevate the white nationalist movement into the top levels of the White House. Making his first appointments since last week's upset win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump picked Bannon as his chief strategist and counselor, and Washington insider Reince Priebus as his chief of staff on Sunday, saying the two would share the task of steering his administration as "equal partners." The choice of Priebus was seen as a conciliatory signal of Trump's willingness to work with Congress after he takes office on Jan. 20. But critics blasted the selection of Bannon, who spearheaded a shift of the Breitbart News website into a forum for the "alt-right," a loose online group of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.