- Jun 23, 2014
SauceThe most powerful man in America and the one Americans elected to replace him met at the White House this morning for the first time ever.
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump talked for more than 90 minutes in the Oval Office while their wives visited separately.
A public display of unity intended to help the country digest the shocking results of Tuesday's presidential election, the president-elect called Obama a 'very good man'.
'I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel,' he said in a statement. 'He explained some of the difficulties some of the high flying assets, some of the really great things that have been achieved.'
The sitting president stressed that his top priority was 'ensure our president-elect is successful.'
'I have been very encouraged by the interest in President-elect Trump to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces and I believe that it is important for all regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges we face,' he said.
The president-elect and the first lady in waiting, Melania Trump arrived at the White House on Thursday morning through a back entrance that opens up to the White House's South Lawn.
The private drive is inaccessible to media, and reporters were disallowed from covering the historic greeting between the incoming and outgoing first families.
A Wall Street Journal report says the White House cancelled the photo-op. The president's spokesman forcefully pushed back on the assertion in his daily briefing.
The White House official angrily told reporters that they were given more access to today's events at the White House than they were in 2008, when the Oval Office last changed hands.
Then, journalists were allowed to photograph the Obamas arrival at the White House.
President George W Bush and his wife Laura gave the future first couple a warm welcome when they came to the White House on November 11, 2008 for a post-election briefing.
The Bushes made a show of it, posing for portraits with the president-elect and his wife in front of the White House's private entrance. Bush lined up photographers to shoot he and Obama walking down the colonnade that leads to the Oval Office.
That did not happen today. No official photos have been released of the Trumps' arrival or departure.
Mr. and Mrs. Trump departed from LaGuardia airport in New York at 9.36am on their way to Washington. Traveling in the billionaire's personal aircraft, a Boeing 757, emblazoned with his name, they arrived at Ronald Reagan National Airport just after 10.30am.
The future first couple entered the White House complex twenty minutes later. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, owner of the New York Observer and a senior adviser to the president-elect's campaign, was also in tow.
Kushner was seen speaking to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Trump aide Dan Scavino. McDonough and Kushner broke off from the group for a private meeting, raising new questions about the role that Ivanka's husband will have in the Trump administration.
Kushner acted a right-hand man to Trump and was instrumental in keeping Chris Christie off the Republican ticket. Like his father-in-law, he is a real estate mogul with a lucrative New York business.
Trump's adult children, Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr., have said they would stay in New York and run their father's business. Kushner's presence at the White House today and his meeting with the current chief of staff suggests a possible change of plans for the president-elect's eldest daughter.
Journalists were allowed into the meeting between Obama and Trump at the end for what is known as a 'pool spray' – a photo opportunity where they typically shout questions in hopes of getting a response. As they did that today, Obama advised his successor not to respond.
Trump very interested in more meetings with Obama after a 90 minute meeting. They discussed foreign and domestic policy. Trump, expected the meeting to be 15 minutes until he actually met Obama.
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