Barack Obama, Donald Trump put aside differences in historic White House meet

Barack Obama and Donald Trump put acerbic rows and profound differences aside in a 90-minute transition meeting at the White House.

FP Staff November 11, 2016 18:40:03 IST
Barack Obama and Donald Trump put acerbic rows and profound differences aside in a 90-minute transition meeting at the White House on Thursday, hoping to quell fears about the health of the world's pre-eminent democracy. AP
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Barack Obama and Donald Trump put acerbic rows and profound differences aside in a 90-minute transition meeting at the White House on Thursday, hoping to quell fears about the health of the world's pre-eminent democracy. AP
The meeting, which came less than 36 hours after Trump's shock election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, had the potential to be awkward as the two had traded barbs during the heated battle for the White House. AP
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The meeting, which came less than 36 hours after Trump's shock election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, had the potential to be awkward as the two had traded barbs during the heated battle for the White House. AP
Obama, who previously said Trump was a whiner and "uniquely unqualified" to be commander-in-chief, vowed his support to the President-elect, saying that if Trump succeeds, the country succeeds. AP
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Obama, who previously said Trump was a whiner and "uniquely unqualified" to be commander-in-chief, vowed his support to the President-elect, saying that if Trump succeeds, the country succeeds. AP
And Trump, who had previously called Obama the "most ignorant president in our history," said it was a "great honor" meeting the US leader, adding that he looked forward to receiving the president's counsel. AP
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And Trump, who had previously called Obama the "most ignorant president in our history," said it was a "great honor" meeting the US leader, adding that he looked forward to receiving the president's counsel. AP
White House officials said that the two discussed a range of issues including Obama's meetings with leaders from Germany, Greece and across the Asia-Pacific during foreign travel next week, where he is likely to be inundated with panicked questions about America's role in world affairs. AP
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White House officials said that the two discussed a range of issues including Obama's meetings with leaders from Germany, Greece and across the Asia-Pacific during foreign travel next week, where he is likely to be inundated with panicked questions about America's role in world affairs. AP
The two men ended the historic White House encounter with a handshake and refused to take questions. AP
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The two men ended the historic White House encounter with a handshake and refused to take questions. AP
As the meeting concluded and journalists scrambled out of the Oval Office, and people watched Obama smile at his successor. In what Obama termed as "an excellent conversation" with Trump, he told the President-elect that his administration would do everything they can to facilitate a smooth transition of power. AP
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As the meeting concluded and journalists scrambled out of the Oval Office, and people watched Obama smile at his successor. In what Obama termed as "an excellent conversation" with Trump, he told the President-elect that his administration would do everything they can to facilitate a smooth transition of power. AP
Referring to the press, Obama then gave Trump some parting advice: "Here's a good rule. Don't answer questions when they just start yelling." AP
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Referring to the press, Obama then gave Trump some parting advice: "Here's a good rule. Don't answer questions when they just start yelling." AP