Former President

warned global rivals of the United States are closely watching the rocky U.S. presidential transition and

's refusal to concede the election to President-elect

.

"I think our adversaries have seen us weakened," Obama said during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. "Not just as a consequence of this election, but over the last several years."

Obama warned that nations like Russia and China see opportunity to undermine America in "cleavages in the body politic that they are convinced they can exploit." 

The former president said he has always believed the adage that "partisan politics should stop at the water's edge" and America's political leaders should seek to portray the country on the world's stage as "the United States of America, not the divided states of America." 

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