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Obama congratulates Clinton on clinching Democratic nomination

Obama congratulates Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to congratulate her on "securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic nomination for president," according to a statement from the White House.

Obama also spoke with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Clinton's last remaining opponent, the statement said.

"The president congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power," the statement said.

The White House characterized Clinton's campaign as "an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children."

On Tuesday evening, Clinton delivered a victory speech, turning to the general election.

As for Sanders, Obama reportedly thanked the senator for "energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests' influence on our politics."

Additionally, the White House said Obama will meet with Sanders on Thursday — at the senator's request.