Obama Meets Trump at the White House

Time: 5:23 p.m. CEST  Update: 6:51 p.m. CEST

President-elect Donald Trump already arrived at the White House for the meeting with President Barack Obama. Trump arrived at about 11:00 a.m. on Thursday after his plane, which holds his name, landed at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

In a readout from the White House, President Obama said that they have “excellent conversation” on domestic and foreign issues, CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported in front of the White House. “We are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed … If you succeed, then the country succeeds,” President Obama said to President-elect Donald Trump.

President Obama said that he was “very encouraged,” by the interest in President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with “my team around many of the issues that this great country faces.” In a readout of the talk, the White House said that Obama pointed out, “it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face.”

President-elect Donald Trump, as the White House readout states, said both discussed a lot of different situations, “some wonderful and some difficulties.”

“I very much look forward to dealing with the President in the future, including counsel.  He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved,” president-elect Trump said, according to the readout.


In the readout, published by the White House, Obama said, that first lady Michelle Obama has had a chance to greet the incoming first lady, Melania Trump.  “And we had an excellent conversation with her as well, and we want to make sure that they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition,” Obama said, according to the readout.

Reuters’ correspondent Jeff Mason was first who posted a photograph of Obama and Trump sitting together in the Oval Office. The White House press secretary Josh Earnest gave details of the first meeting between President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump, including information both talked about incoming foreign trip of Obama, next week.

“The President described to the President-elect some of the issues that he expects to come up with some of our allies and partners and other world leaders that he’ll meet with on the trip, and so it was an opportunity for them to talk about some of those issues in advance of the President’s trip and in advance of some of the conversations that he expects to have with world leaders on the trip,” Earnest stated on November 10.

Earnest did not specifically answers to the question of Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Justin Sink about not having photo access to the meetings of first lady Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, and to the meetings between Vice-president Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Mike Pence. Earnest said, first lady Michelle Obama accompanied Melania Trump on tour of the White House with Curator William Allman.. According to Earnest, both  discussed raising children in the White House.

On Thursday, Trump met House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Vice-president elect Mike Pence met with Vice President Joe Biden.

During Obama’s presidency, Trump questioned Obama’s citizenship and his Christian faith.”He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump said to Fox News in 2011. But, in September 2016, during the presidential campaign, Trump admitted that Obama was born in the United States.

Trump’s meeting with Obama on Thursday was recorded by the pool of White House reporters, photographers and TV cameras that cover the president, The Associated Press said. Trump arrived with a private jet from New York to Washington D.C. refusing to let a group of journalists to travel with him to cover his historic first meeting with President Barack Obama.

Earnest said he does not know about any other scheduled meeting of Obama and Trump, but did not excluded consultancy. The White House press secretary said President Obama would perform his duties until the President-elect Trump inauguration on January 20, 2017.


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