In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House on November 10.
Obama called the 90-minute meeting “excellent.” His successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president’s “counsel.”
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 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.”
The meeting was a symbolic start to the transition of power to the nation’s 45th president.
Later, Trump will go to Capitol Hill to talk with congressional leaders about the Republicans’ legislative agenda for next year.
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.
First lady Michelle Obama met privately in the White House residence with Trump’s wife, Melania, while Vice President Biden prepared to see Vice President-elect Mike Pence later Thursday.
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 events, 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.