Obama said, but he would be very concerned about a second term for the president.
Former President Barack Obama told reporters off the record in his last days in office that he believed the United States could survive four years of a Trump presidency.
But that he was concerned about what would happen if Trump remained in office for much longer.
Bloomberg News received a copy of the speech in which Obama expressed faith in American institutions to resist any effort.
By incoming President Donald Trump to use them for his own unscrupulous purposes.
Trump's actions to politicise law enforcement, especially at the Department of Justice, were another area Obama urged reporters to keep a careful eye on.