Trump and Obama talk challenges, need for smooth transition

Nov 11, 2016
US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a  transition planning meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC.  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT:
US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a transition planning meeting in the Oval Office at the White House  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT:

US president-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he looks forward to seeking further counsel from President Barack Obama as he prepares to enter the White House.

After spending around 90-minutes together in the Oval Office in their first-ever meeting, Trump called Obama “a good man” and said the two had discussed “a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficult.”

“I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel,” Trump told reporters after the meeting, before shaking hands with the man he will follow into the office.

Obama said they discussed organizational issues related to the presidential transition as well as foreign and domestic policy.

“My number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful,” Obama said, noting if Trump succeeds the country will succeed.

Obama called himself “encouraged” by Trump’s interest in working with the White House team and called on Americans to come together regardless of political affiliation to address the nation’s challenges.

After meeting with Obama, Trump made the short drive to Congress to hold talks with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other Republican congressional leaders.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence meets with Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama had vowed on Wednesday to have a smooth transition between their presidencies, despite their “significant differences” and months spent campaigning on behalf of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump will be sworn in on January 20 to take the reins of government from Obama, who is completing his constitutionally limited second four-year term.

Source: DPA

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