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Trump deflects Michelle's comments

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

President-elect Donald Trump says first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense of hope after his election.

Trump, speaking on Saturday at the final rally of his post-election "thank you" tour, then resisted escalating the spat further, suggesting "she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out".

But as Trump praised the Obamas for treating him so nicely when he visited the White House shortly after the election, many in the Mobile, Alabama, crowd booed the first family.

Michelle Obama, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Monday on CBS, said she was now certain that her husband's victory had inspired people because "now we're feeling what not having hope feels like".

"What do you give your kids if you can't give them hope?" she added.

Trump's comments about Michelle and President Barack Obama was one of the few conciliatory notes he sounded during a victory tour in which he showed few signs of turning the page from his blustery campaign to focus on uniting a divided nation a month before his inauguration.

At each stop, the Republican gloatingly recapped his election night triumph, reignited some old political feuds while starting some new ones, and did little to quiet the hate-filled chants of "Lock her up!" directed at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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