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    Donald Trump's victory has clearly indicated that Americans are demanding a change on both domestic and foreign policies. In light of this Republicans have been elected to make things better.

    US President Barack Obama and newly elected President Donald Trump held a meeting at the White House Thursday.

    While Obama had repeatedly labeled Trump as "unfit for the president's office," the latter dubbed the Obama's eight-year presidency a "disaster" for the US.

    However, they had "great chemistry" during the meeting, according to Donald Trump.

    "It was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future," Trump told Obama, as quoted by Reuters.

    For his part, Barack Obama told reporters that he and his successor had an "excellent" conversation about US foreign and domestic policies.

    According to Kimberley A. Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, it is hardly surprising that Trump was "pleasant" toward the current occupant of the White House.

    "Mr. Trump owes his victory to Barack Obama," Strassel highlights.

    "Hillary Clinton's defeat has left the Democratic Party a smoldering heap, its leaders pointing fingers over who or what to blame: James Comey. Robby Mook. Voter suppression. WikiLeaks. Sexism. Barely a mention has been made of the man who presided over one of the most epic party meltdowns in the country's history: Mr. Obama," the US journalist insists.

    She calls attention to the fact that in the course of Obama's presidency Democrats have ceded their positions to Republicans both in the House and in the Senate.

    Likewise the number of governorships owned by Democrats has decreased from 29 to 15.

    "Democrats controlled 60 of the 99 state legislative chambers in 2010. Today it is 30," she continues.

    "Tuesday's results are a response to a government that targeted conservative nonprofits, left veterans on waiting lists, botched a health website and left the world to burn," Strassel emphasizes.

    According to the journalist, "Republicans have been elected as anti-Obamas" and that means that they should take every effort to make things better.

    Much in the same vein Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, warns Donald Trump against following the Bush-Obama foreign policy legacy.

    "Eight years ago, President Obama had a chance to change the warmongering direction that outgoing President Bush and the US national-security establishment had led America for the previous eight years… Instead, Obama decided to stay Bush's course, no doubt believing that he, unlike Bush, could win the endless wars that Bush had started," Hornberger writes in his article republished by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

    However, Obama's foreign policy legacy is death and destruction, the US scholar emphasizes.

    According to Hornberger, Americans want "a new direction" when it comes to foreign policy.

    "That's partly what Trump's election is all about. Americans are sick and tired of the never-ending wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere," he stresses.

    "Americans are also tired of the out of control spending and debt that come with these wars. By electing Trump, it is obvious that Americans are demanding a change on foreign policy," Hornberger adds.

    Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic shares a similar stance.

    "US citizens are tired of conflicts with other countries and overseas interventions. During the election the [American] people have shown that they do not approve of these wars," he said in an exclusive interview with Sputnik.

    Andrew Korybko, political analyst and regular contributor to Sputnik believes that Trump will make changes in both domestic and foreign policies, though it will be no walk in the park for him.

    "Trump wants to tweak the globalist economic system that his predecessors implemented," the political analyst assumed.

    "His [Trump's] ideal vision is to cut a diverse set of pragmatic deals that will allow the US to more effectively multi-manage its global empire, though it certainly won't erase the geostrategic contradictions between itself and its Great Power rivals," Korybko noted in his article for Sputnik.

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