US President Barack Obama on Thursday met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House.
This is the first public step in a transition of power after the Republican businessman’s surprise victory in a bitterly fought election campaign.
“I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House. We talked about foreign policy. We talked about domestic policy. As I sat last night, my number one in the next coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful and I have been very encouraged by the interest by the President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces,” said president Barack Obama.
I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.
There is no love lost between the two men, who have had almost no one-on-one contact previously.
Trump says he look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel.
“Well, thank you very much President Obama. This was a meeting that was going to last for maybe 10-15 minutes and we were just going to get to know each other, we had never met each other. I have great respect. The meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half and it could have, as far as I’m concerned,” Donald Trump said.
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Obama on Wednesday said 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.