President-elect Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama today at the White House to discuss the transition into office of Mr Trump. President Obama described the 90 minute meeting as an “excellent conversation” and they were very cordial as they gave a brief press conference at the Oval Office after their meeting. This was the first meeting between the two men and they clearly chose to put their differences aside to honour the tradition of democracy in the USA that encourages smooth transition of leadership.
Mr Trump’s wife Melania Trump was also at the White House and had a meeting with the First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss the transition that will take place for themselves as Mrs Trump will be the next First Lady of the United States.
Mr Obama is quoted to have stated:
“As I said last night, my No. 1 priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful, I have been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, to work together.” “I want to emphasise to you, Mr President-elect, that we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeed.”
Mr Trump is quoted to have stated:
“We 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.”