Donald Trump and Barack Obama hold talks at the White House

Donald Trump and Barack Obama hold talks at the White House

Troy Powers
November 14, 2016

Trump noted that the session was expected to last 10 to 15 minutes but went on much longer.

President Barack Obama was to receive a triumphant Donald Trump later today for talks on executing a smooth transition of power and steadying nerves after a vote that shocked the world.

President-elect Donald Trump says he's looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama's "counsel" in the future.

Obama sought to play down that history after the election, saying in a Rose Garden speech Wednesday that in victory, Trump had set the right tone in trying to heal the nation's political divisions.

But at least publicly, the two men appeared to put aside their animosity.

Republicans were emboldened by Trump's stunning victory over Hillary Clinton, giving the GOP control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Indeed Trump met this afternoon with Republican congressional leaders and spoke about acting quickly on health care and immigration, a move that would reverse some of Obama's legacy initiatives.

Emerging from the meetings, Trump sketched out priorities for his presidency.

"We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security, and defence", May said. "We are very excited about tonight". And we're looking at jobs.

Ryan took Trump to the Speaker's Balcony in the Capitol to show him where construction is underway on a stage for Trump's January 20 swearing-in ceremony.

She has "always liked" Mrs Michelle Obama and was inspired by her, Mrs Melania Trump's speechwriter later explained. Some also carried placards that read "Trans Against Trump" and "Make America Safe For All".

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He had during campaigns said that the media were corrupt. Those involved in the process insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly.

Obama offered assistance over the next couple of months to Trump and has urged the country to unite as they were facing a lot of challenges. "We're on to the next phase". Much of Trump's support comes from Tea Party sympathizers, yet they don't recall that they organized their own protests of the new president. So when I hear that a beloved teacher with a Clinton-Kaine bumper sticker was flipped off by a driver waving a Trump-Pence sign this week, I can't help but think of the young protesters brandishing a sea of middle fingers toward the Trump Towers as they chant "Not my president" in the streets of NY, waving rainbow-colored signs declaring "Love trumps hate", and though the obscene gesture disgusts me, I also have to smile.

OBAMA: This guy is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief, and he is not equipped to be president.

The show of civility at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue contrasted with postelection scenes of protests across a politically divided country.

On Wednesday, Gaga mounted a garbage truck in front of Trump Tower to protest the election results. Obama and Trump met privately without any staff in the room.

The demonstrations drove the president-elect back to Twitter Thursday night.

On Thursday, he blasted "professional protesters" and accused the media of fanning the flames.

On Portland, police said a rally there had degenerated into what they called a riot because of "extensive criminal and risky behavior".

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the agency stood ready "to work with the incoming team once that team is designated and arrives here".

Having campaigned vigorously on Clinton's side of the campaign, Obama had aimed several attacks on the Republican candidate in the lead-up to election day, while Trump led the "birther" movement against Obama, which claimed that the outgoing president was not born in the US.

Raising children may be one of the few points the two women have in common.