Obama to Latin America: Give Trump ‘a chance’


President Obama on Saturday called for Latin America to give President-elect Donald Trump "a chance" to lead.

"The United States is such a big country that after any election people are uncertain," Obama said during a speech at the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative in Peru as part of his final overseas trip as president.

"And I think it will be important for everybody around the world to not make immediate judgements but give this new president-elect a chance to put their team together, to examine the issues, to determine what their policies will be, because, as I always said, how you campaign isn't always the same as how you govern," Obama continued.

"Sometimes when you are campaigning you are trying to stir up passions. When you govern you actually have reality in front of you and you have to figure out how do I make this work," he added.

Obama also expressed confidence in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, emphasizing that Trump is fully committed to embracing NATO despite his past comments questioning the alliance.

"The alliance between the United States and Europe through NATO is very strong. And the President-elect Trump has already reaffirmed our commitment to NATO," he said.