Published On:November 11, 2016, 12:14 pm
On Thursday, The United States President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met for the very first time, setting aside past antagonism in a time-honored customary epitomizing the smooth and peaceful transfer of political power to the Republican’s inauguration on 20th January 2017.
The 90-minute meeting in the White House Oval Office, with no auxiliaries, happened two days post Trump’s stunning election victory over Clinton who was Obama’s former secretary of state.
Obama dynamically campaigned for his fellow democrat to be his successor, and had on several occasions called Trump to be not suited for the president’s office. On the other hand, the business tycoon had repeatedly termed Obama’s eight-year tenure a “complete disaster”.
Although in the post-election remarks which took place on Wednesday, both the men appeared to look for help to aid the country heal from an oddly acrimonious campaign. Trump who was seated next to Obama told the reporters, "We really discussed a lot of situations, some wonderful, some difficulties." He said Obama explained "some of the really great things that have been achieved," but did not ornate.
Trump further said, "It was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future."
Real estate baron Trump, who has zilch experience on running a political office, met a few congressional leaders, which included U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Mr. Paul Ryan. Amidst all the efforts to let bygones be bygones, there were several protests in many U.S. cities against Trump for a continuous second day on Thursday as people expressed concerns that Trump’s election would be a down-fall to civil rights.
Rigorous security were employed around Trump’s new hotel in Washington, a few blocks from the White House, and around New York’s Trump Tower as many students gathered and proactively protested against his election.
Obama mentioned that he rendered backing and support to trump over the next couple of months, and insisted the country to come together to face the challenges.He and Trump talked on a wide range of foreign as well as domestic policies and details with respect to the transition period. Obama stated that, "We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds."
In the meanwhile, the White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest told the reporters, "The meeting might have been at least a little less awkward than some might have expected."
Trump deliberately used Obama as a punching bag throughout his campaign speeches, and constantly kept attacking the president’s policies from healthcare to an Iran nuclear deal. While Obama and first lady Michelle Obama condemned Trump as being unfit for the White House and hazardouslyuprepared to have access to U.S. nuclear codes.
Earnest further concluded that, "The president was never in a position to choose a successor. The American people chose his successor."
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