Trump says, talks with Obama ‘an hon­our’

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US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has said it was a “great hon­our” to meet Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for tran­si­tion talks at the White House. Mr Obama said he was “en­cour­aged” by their “ex­cel­lent” and “wide-rang­ing” con­ver­sa­tion, last­ing over an hour. Dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, Mr Trump vowed to dis­man­tle Mr Obama’s le­gacy and he has pre­vi­ously ques­tioned his US cit­i­zen­ship. Mr Obama, mean­while, had called Mr Trump “uniquely un­qual­i­fied”. But fol­low­ing Mr Trump’s shock de­feat of Hil­lary Clin­ton in Tues­day’s elec­tion, Mr Obama ap­pealed for na­tional unity and said he was “root­ing” for him.

After Thurs­day’s be­hind­closed-doors meet­ing in the White House, Mr Obama said: “My num­ber one pri­or­ity in the com­ing two months is to try to fa­cil­i­tate a tran­si­tion that en­sures our pres­i­dent-elect is suc­cess­ful.” He said they had dis­cussed do­mes­tic and for­eign pol­icy and he had been “very en­cour­aged” by Mr Trump’s in­ter­est in work­ing with Pres­i­dent Obama’s team on is­sues fac­ing the US. Mr Trump said he would “very much look for­ward” to deal­ing with Pres­i­dent Obama in fu­ture.

“I have great re­spect, the meet­ing lasted for al­most an hour and a half, and it could’ve, as far as I’m con­cerned, it could’ve gone on for a lot longer,” the pres­i­dent-elect said. “We dis­cussed a lot of dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions - some won­der­ful and some dif­fi­cul­ties.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the two men did not re­solve their dif­fer­ences. But “the meet­ing might have been at least a lit­tle less awk­ward than some might have ex­pected”. “Pres­i­dent Obama came away from the meet­ing with re­newed con­fi­dence in the com­mit­ment of the pres­i­dent-elect to en­gage in an ef­fec­tive, smooth tran­si­tion,” Mr Earnest said.


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