PHOTOS: Trump and Obama Meet In The White House – Obama Says Meeting Was ‘Excellent’

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trobIn 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.”

Afterward, 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.”

The two men, who have been harshly critical of each other for years, were meeting for the first time, Trump said. The Republican 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 meet privately in the White House residence with Trump’s wife, Melania, while Vice President Joe Biden prepared to see Vice President-elect Mike Pence later Thursday.

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.

Also on Trump’s schedule were 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.

The anticipated 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.

According to an organizational chart for the transition obtained by The Associated Press, Trump was relying on experienced hands to help form his administration. National security planning was being led by former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who previously worked for the FBI. Domestic issues were being handled by Ken Blackwell, a former Cincinnati mayor and Ohio secretary of state.

Trump was expected to consider several loyal supporters for top jobs, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for attorney general or national security adviser and campaign finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker were also expected to be under consideration for foreign policy posts.

As president-elect, Trump is entitled to get the same daily intelligence briefing as Obama — one that includes information on U.S. covert operations, information gleaned about world leaders and other data gathered by America’s 17 intelligence agencies. The White House said it would organize two exercises involving multiple agencies to help Trump’s team learn how to respond to major domestic incidents.

If Trump makes good on his campaign promises, the nation stands on the brink of sweeping change in domestic and foreign policy. He’s pledged to repeal Obama’s health care law and pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran. He’s vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and temporarily ban immigration from nations with terror ties.

It’s unclear whether Trump will embrace many of the traditions of the presidency. He’ll enter the White House owning his own private jet as well as a hotel just blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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(AP)




12 COMMENTS

  1. #2 Maybe, just maybe, President Elect Trump feels that some of the first things he needs to discuss with N Obama Esq are domestic issues. He was after all elected President of the United States not the world.

  2. To commenter no. 3, TrueCommonSense: I wonder what Obama looks like compared to you.

    To commenter no. 2, docelisheva: If Obama wanted to destroy Israel, why would he wait until his last 2 months in office to do so? He would have done it by now.

  3. huju (5.) – Obama would wait until after the election to destroy Israel so it can’t alter the election (which already took place). If he would do anything prior, the democrats would automatically lose ALL their pro-Israel supporters. HKB’H protects EY so I wouldn’t worry about it.

  4. Huju maybe it’s time u change parties. stop always trying to defend Hillary and Obama. Admit it he did a terrible job as president one of our worst ones. Maybe now if u give trump a fair chance he can do good for America and Israel.

  5. To No. 3

    I suspect he uses racists like you to mop the floor…but of course, that would be unfair to the WH floors. Its amazing that you Obama haters cannot find a civil way of expressing disagreement with his policies rather than continuing with the ad hominem attacks. But maybe we shouldn’t be surprised since you had a good teacher.

  6. But one should give President Obama full credit for the burying the past immediately,and moving on with what needs to be done.It is the hallmark of the American system that opposing sides cooperate to keep the country united.
    Now, the protesters must observe that the opposing politicians have accepted president -elect Trump,and they should stop their uncivil behavior immediately.

  7. Re comment no. 7, Trumpsupporter: I fully intend to give Mr. Trump all the chances he needs or wants. I am flattered that you think he needs my support to have a chance to carry out his “make America great” mission.

    Re comment no. 8 (gadolhatorah) commenting on comment no. 3: The reason Obama haters cannot find a civil way of expressing disagreement with Obama’s policies is because they don’t disagree with his policies – they just hate him.

    I have asked repeatedly for Obama critics to tell me why his presidency has failed, but I never get concrete, specific answers, just vague generalities and conclusory statements that he is horrible.

  8. #10-obamacare=fail, i know a lot of people who lost their good doctors and cannot afford regular insurance.
    He gave billions of dollars to Iran, the number one state sponsor of terror, who wants to wipe Israel off the map! He also gave hundreds of millions to hamas who are attacking Israel every day!!He Increased taxes and increased the national deficit to close to 20B….what good did he do? it would be nice if you could tell me ONE concrete specific thing? (other than possibly improving his golf swing)

  9. To no. 11, graz: Well, you have the idea, but not the facts.

    Anecdotal evidence of “a lot of people who lost their good doctors and cannot afford ‘regular’ insurance” does not tell us anything. Could these “lot” of people qualify for subsidies under Obamacare? Would they tell you if they were receiving subsidies? The widely accepted data from reliable government sources says 20 million more people have good coverage under Obamacare.

    The treaty with Iran has worked so far. According to Bibi Netanyahu, Iran was 3 months away from getting a nuke more than 2 years ago. Where’s the nuke? Israel is still on the map. And the US just agreed to the biggest aid package ever for Israel. The money that went to Iran was their money, seized in 1979 following Iran’s seizure of US hostages and now returned.

    Increased taxes? What taxes? What income tax brackets? Deficit is down, though overall debt is up – but manageable if Republican Congress wants to manage it.