|U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House (Picture: Reuters)|
The current POTUS met with Trump in the Oval Office for more than an hour 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’.
First lady Michelle Obama also meet privately in the White House residence with Trump’s wife, Melania, which could prove awkward given the speech-copying scandal.
|President Barack Obama had a 90 minute chat with President-elect Donald Trump (Picture: AP)|
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.
|President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands(Picture: AP)|
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.
Credit: Metro, UK