Here’s What Happened When President Barack Obama Met with Donald Trump
It’s hard to imagine a world in which the first black President of the United States hands over power to someone endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan. However, that’s the reality we live in today.
Amid post-election protests across the country, President Barack Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how to carry out the peaceful transition of power on Thursday (Nov. 10, 2016). Just days after Trump, a former reality TV star with no military or political background, beat out Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, the sitting president and the future 45th President of the United States held their first meeting in the Oval Office.
Despite previously (and falsely) questioning the birthplace of the current POTUS, Trump called President Obama a “very good man” during the 90-minute encounter, according to NPR.
Obama reportedly complimented the meeting as “excellent conversation” and shared that the two discussed “wide-ranging” topics, including foreign and domestic policy and how to set up a White House staff.
“As I said last night, my No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful,” Obama told the press, before telling Trump, “If you succeed, the country succeeds.”
Trump is also scheduled to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell while in town. Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled to meet Vice President Joe Biden.