My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was ‘Excellent’ – Obama

My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was 'Excellent' - Obama

My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was ‘Excellent’ – Obama

My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was 'Excellent' - Obama

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday. Obama called the 90-minute meeting “excellent,” and his successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president’s “counsel.”
“Meeting lasted almost an hour and half, could have gone a lot longer.
We discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties,” Trump said.

At the close of the Oval Office sit-down, Obama said to Trump, “We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed the country succeeds.”
Obama’s spokesman said the president hasn’t changed his views about Trump. But wants the transition to be smooth and successful.
“The president didn’t get to choose his successor, the American people did,” Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, said.

“And they’ve chosen president-elect Trump and President Obama is determined to preside over a transition that gives the incoming president the opportunity to get a running start.”
My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was 'Excellent' - Obama

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The two men, who have been harshly critical of each other for years, were meeting for the first time, Trump said. The Republican called Obama a “very good man” and said he looked forward “to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel.”
Obama blasted Trump throughout the campaign as unfit to serve as a commander in chief. Trump spent years challenging the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency, falsely suggesting Obama may have been born outside the United States.
But at least publicly, the two men appeared to put aside their animosity. As the meeting concluded and journalists scrambled out of the Oval Office, Obama smiled at his successor and explained the unfolding scene.
If Trump makes good on his campaign promises, he’ll wipe away much of what Obama has done during his eight years in office. The Republican president-elect, who will govern with Congress fully under GOP control, has vowed to repeal Obama’s signature health care law and dismantle the landmark nuclear accord with Iran.
First lady Michelle Obama also met privately in the White House residence with Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, while Vice President Joe Biden prepared to see Vice President-elect Mike Pence later Thursday.
My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was 'Excellent' - Obama

My 1st Meeting With Trump At White House Was ‘Excellent’ – Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama and Melania Trump had tea, toured the White House and talked about their children during their meeting.
“Obviously, the First Lady’s two daughters spent the formative years of their childhood here at the White House and Mrs. Trump’s son will also spend some of his formative years here at the White House. And that’s a rather unique childhood and the two of them had an opportunity to talk about that experience,” Earnest said.
Trump traveled to Washington from New York on his private jet, breaking with protocol by not bringing journalists in his motorcade or on his plane to document his historic visit to the White House. Trump was harshly critical of the media during his campaign and for a time banned news organizations whose coverage he disliked from his events.
From the White House, Trump headed to Capitol Hill for meetings with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to discuss the GOP legislative agenda. Ryan, who holds the most powerful post in Congress, was a sometime critic of Trump, was slow to endorse him and did not campaign with the nominee. Pence intended to join both meetings.
As scores of journalists waited to be admitted to the Oval Office to see Obama and Trump together, they saw White House chief of staff Denis McDonough walking along the South Lawn driveway with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. A handful of Trump aides trailed them.
Melania Trump And Michelle Obama Sit Down For Tea In The White House… For The First Time (Video) Melania Trump And Michelle Obama Sit Down For Tea In The White House… For The First Time (Video)

Melania Trump And Michelle Obama Sit Down For Tea In The White House… For The First Time (Video)

The show of civility at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue contrasted with postelection scenes of protests across a politically divided country. Demonstrators from New England to the heartland and the West Coast vented against the election winner on Wednesday, chanting “Not my president,” burning a papier-mache Trump head, beating a Trump pinata and carrying signs that said “Impeach Trump.”
Republicans were emboldened by Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton, giving the GOP control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.
“He just earned a mandate,” Ryan said.
In an emotional concession speech, Clinton said her crushing loss was “painful and it will be for a long time” and acknowledged that the nation was “more divided than we thought.”
Still, Clinton was gracious in defeat, declaring: “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
In Washington, Trump’s scant transition team sprang into action, culling through personnel lists for top jobs and working through handover plans for government agencies. A person familiar with the transition operations said the personnel process was still in its early stages, but Trump’s team was putting a premium on quickly filling key national security posts. The person was not authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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