President Barack Obama welcomed his successor, Donald Trump, to the White House, extending an olive branch to the man whom he blasted as unfit to serve as commander in chief and who led the charge to challenge the legitimacy of Obama’s own presidency. Thursday’s Oval Office meeting is the symbolic start of the transition of power from Obama, a Democrat who ushered in a sweeping health care law and brokered a landmark nuclear accord with Iran, and Trump, a Republican who has promised to wipe away those initiatives. Trump takes office on January 20.
President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama lasted for more than an hour. Following the meeting, Obama said that they had an “excellent” and “wide-ranging” conversation. Obama met with Trump in the Oval Office to discuss the transition of power.
Obama said he was encouraged by Trump’s wanting to work with his team on issues facing the country. He said it’s important for all “to now come together.”
Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump said he “very much looks forward” to dealing with President Barack Obama in the future. He called the meeting a “great honour”. Trump also noted that he and Obama have not met each other before.
Donald Trump said he is looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama’s “counsel” in the future. He also suggested that he may turn to Obama for advice on governing.
Trump said he looks forward to being with Obama “many, many more times” and said that Obama explained “some of the difficulties” but also “some of the really great things that have been achieved.” Trump departed New York Thursday morning, breaking protocol by not bringing journalists in his motorcade or on his plane to document his historic visit to the White House.