US’s President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama met for the first time post-election on November 10 (EST) and pledged to work together in the coming weeks till Trump is sworn in as the USA’s next president on January 20, 2017.
While the whirlwind transition period for the US has now started the move away from tradition was very much evident on November 10 night, as the tension between the two politicians was very much palpable.
In their hour-and-a-half together Trump entered the White House through the South Lawn entrance so as to avoid meeting the news crew and the current the presidential staff.
Though a group of reporters was soon ushered into the Oval Office, where the two were seated in the high-backed armchairs, there was no traditional photo-op where the two families would meet and greet each other.
In 2008 former President George W.Bush and his wife Laura had met the Obamas at the front lawns of the over office.
While Obama and Trump met in the Oval office, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump met separately.
Despite the tension, Trump addressed the media and said that he expects to work closely with Barack Obama ‘now and in the future’, so as to seek his advice in how to guide the country.
He was also quick to point that a session between the two, that was supposed to last 10 to 15 minutes, went on for an hour-and-a-half and said as far as he was concerned ” it could have lasted a lot longer.”
“We discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you, and I look forward to being with many more time in the future.”
Obama, for his part quickly added
“I have been very encouraged by the interest by the President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. 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.”
Obama though went on to keep the difference aside and spoke about the”two wives” having enjoyed their time together and said he wants to make sure that the Trump family feel welcomed as they prepare to make this transition.
“We want to make sure they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition. Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”