U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said he told State Department officials to fully cooperate with President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.
After Trump's stunning upset of the heavily favored Hillary Clinton, Kerry said on November 10 that State Department staff must not lose sight of the important issues facing the United States around the world.
"One of the beautiful things of democracy -- and we particularly pride ourselves in the United States -- is that we have this amazing peaceful transfer of power," Kerry told reporters in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"And we will do everything in our power, as I have instructed our team, to work with the incoming administration as fully and openly as possible, to be as helpful as possible, so that the transfer of power will be as smooth as it possibly can without missing a beat on the important issues before us."
Kerry is in New Zealand en route to Antarctica, where he will visit the world's largest marine park in the Ross Sea, which he helped to create in a treaty last month.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters