President-elect Donald Trump held a 90-minute meeting on Thursday with US President Barack Obama in the White House to deliberate over the transition of power after the real estate mogul’s stunning election victory. Sitting next to the Democratic president in the Oval Office, Trump told reporters: “We really discussed a lot of situations, some wonderful, some difficulties.” He said Obama explained “some of the great things that have been achieved,” but did not elaborate. Obama said he will do everything he can to help the New York businessman succeed when he takes office on January 20 and urged the country to unite to face its challenges. “My number-one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful,” Obama said at the end of the meeting. Excellent conversation, he said. He also said that he was ‘encouraged’ by conversation with Trump.
Trump, in a stunning turn of events, won the US presidential election on Wednesday defeating the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump was accompanied by Melania Trump, who was received by Michelle Obama. Trump will take charge as the 45th US president on January 20th. The two politicians may soon issue a joint statement. In some time, the two leaders will seek to put their tensions behind them, at least for the cameras, during their Oval Office meeting.
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Trump, a Republican, led the “birther” movement that questioned Obama’s US citizenship and has pledged to overturn the Democrat’s signature policy achievements after he takes office on Jan 20. Obama campaigned vigorously for Trump’s Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The US president has previously called Trump both temperamentally unfit for the presidency and dangerously unprepared to have access to US nuclear codes.
Obama said that despite his major differences with Trump, he would follow the lead of former Republican President George W. Bush in 2008 and ensure a smooth handover to Trump. “Eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences, but President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition,” Obama said.
Following his meeting with Obama, president-elect Trump will meet with House speaker Paul Ryan at the Capitol Hill Club and majority leader Mitch McConnell at Capitol Hill. Notably, Trump has been hard on Ryan, attacking him repeatedly during the campaign as a weak leader. Ryan canceled a plan campaign appearance with Trump after the emergence of hot-mic video in which Trump described grabbing women’s genitals without their consent.