President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 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.”

At the close of the Oval Office sit-down, 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 called Obama a “very good man” and 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 met 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.

From the White House, Trump headed to Capitol Hill for 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 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.

19 thoughts on “‘Excellent’ First Meeting For Obama, Trump

  1. Lngblklimo on said:

    People are soooo silly allowing Larry guy to play you’ll like this we’re bigger that come on guys stupid can’t be fixed. The worlds alright ppl like that’s the problem Free your mind your ass will follow mother earth is pregnant for the 4th time let that maggot brain have his fun he just need the Funk

  2. Trump looked nervous, and uncomfortable in his meeting with President Obama. He didn’t appear relaxed. In fact he looked perplexed. I said from jump street that I don’t think this MoFo really wants to be President. The presidency is serious business, and requires critical thinking, and discipline, Which it appears he doesn’t have either. A friend suggested that he’s in over his head, and I agree, and think he didn’t realize it until he won the election. SMH

  3. This is a guvjing disgrace. Obama hates that man he still knw he’s unfit. The racsit knw he’s unfit and this country will find out. This shit isn’t funny. I’m scared as hell for the free fall that’s coming in the nxt two yrs. and the chickens are coming home to roost. This character is a freakin joke. Sad but true

  4. It’s great to see that these two men have set aside their differences regardless of the harsh words they’ve spoken against each other in the past. Whether we voted for Trump or Clinton, I hope the rest of us can do the same. Violent protests are not helping the situation. Each person has the right to choose whomever they feel will stengthen our nation. I am a young African American woman that proudly voted for Donald J.Trump, and I know I made the correct choice. Hate all you want. He loves this country and it shows. Many of us (African Americans) have become accustomed to living off of the government (Welfare, Food Stamps, Free Cell Phones) instead of trying to gain independence. Let’s face it, the angry ones DO NOT WANT TO WORK FOR A LIVING. Therefore, they believe Trump’s decision to create more job opportunities and higher wages sounds, rascist and unjust. We should EMBRACE CHANGE. Otherwise, nothing will ever improve. With Hillary in office, it would’ve been more of the same. Companies outsourcing to other countries, Government handouts for the poor (not just African American), tolerance for Homosexuals, Transexuals etc. and Abortions (the murdering of innocent unborn children). All of which are an ABOMINATION IN THE EYES OF GOD. Our nation was founded on THE WORD OF GOD. After Obama became President, GOD was taken out of everything. As a result, the USA began to crumble and become a laughing stock. May GOD Bless and Protect our Nation and our new leader, President Donald J. Trump. Amen.

    • PG: Glad you voted for who you wanted to; that’s what democracy is about. Actually I think you’re a troll. Troll, or not…….your over all comments are so over the top ridiculous. Sounds as though you don’t know any successful Black people. Why are you suggesting that lots of Black people are on some type of assistance, and failed to mention that the majority of people in this country on assistance are white; especially white people that live in rural areas, factories, and the coal mines closed years ago so they haven’t had a job in years. And, pleeez Trump isn’t the only one that loves this country.

      • First of all, the main reason I referred to African Americans is because MANY of us did not vote for Donald, seem to be extremely angry that he won and feel those of us like myself whom voted for him, were somehow, wrong. Secondly, toward the end of my comment, I did mention in parenthesis, that it’s not just African Americans on Gov. Assistance. IT’S AS PLAIN AS DAY. LEARN TO READ. Thirdly, you have no right to call me a “Troll”. At least I did not come on this site using profane language or calling people names like “Troll” just because their views are different than mine. Lastly, my comment isn’t nearly as “Ridiculous” or “Over The Top” as your overall IGNORANCE. All I did was express my opinion, and I am just as entitled to mine as you, and everyone else is to theirs. It’s called FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Besides, that’s what the COMMENT section is for. MAYBE YOU SHOULD READ THAT TOO. I will not continue arguing with someone like YOU, or anyone else that has a problem with my comment. GOD BLESS.

  5. I hope Obama and trump become best buds and end up going golfing together. That’s what this country needs instead of all this racism and foolishness. It’s ridiculous .

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