Obama, Trump meet at White House


President-elect Donald Trump held a 90-minute meeting on Thursday with President Barack Obama in the White House to discuss the transition of power after the Republican's stunning election victory.

Sitting next to the Democratic president in the Oval Office, Trump told reporters: "We really discussed a lot of situations, some wonderful, some difficulties." He said Obama explained "some of the great things that have been achieved," but did not elaborate.

Trump, elected on Tuesday to his first public office, said he looked forward to more meetings with Obama.

Obama said he will do everything he can to help the New York businessman succeed when he takes office on Jan. 20 and urged the country to unite to face its challenges.

"My number-one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful," Obama said at the end of the meeting.

FOREIGN CONTACTS

The White House has laid out its plan to ensure a smooth transition, including giving representatives selected by Trump briefings on the work of U.S. federal agencies.

Trump and his senior aides will also start to receive daily briefings by U.S. intelligence officials, the White House said. The Obama administration also plans two "interagency exercises" for Trump's team aimed at handling and responding "to major domestic incidents."

Beginning to reach out to foreign leaders, Trump held a telephone call with Theresa May, the British prime minister's office said on Thursday. The incoming U.S. leader invited May to visit as soon as possible.

Trump aides were in touch with Russian government officials during the presidential campaign, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Thursday. And Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to fully restore ties with Washington following tense relations with the Obama administration.

During one presidential debate last month, Clinton called Trump a "puppet" of Putin.

 

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