Donald Trump was accorded a chilly but deferential welcome at the White House on Thursday as the president-elect met Barack Obama for a 90-minute private meeting in the Oval Office.
In the first stage of a 72-day transition process between Tuesday’s unexpected election victory and Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, Obama said the two men discussed “foreign and domestic policy” and how to ensure the handover of power went smoothly.
“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 succeeds,” Obama told his successor during a brief photo opportunity afterwards.
A grinning Trump gave Obama a pat on the back as they got up to leave, and boasted to reporters of how long he had just spent in the Oval Office, though the president – more sombre-faced until then – jokingly advised him not to take
While they spoke, Trump’s wife Melania was shown around their new home in the official residence and East Wing by Michelle Obama, reportedly discussing what it was like to raise children in the White House.