‘Ex­cel­lent’ f irst meet­ing for Obama, Trump

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): N A cor­dial be­gin­ning to their trans­fer of power, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump met at the White House yes­ter­day.

Obama called the 90-minute meet­ing “ex­cel­lent”, and his suc­ces­sor said he looked for­ward to re­ceiv­ing the out­go­ing pres­i­dent’s “coun­sel”.

At the close of the Oval Of­fice sit-down, Obama said to Trump, “We now are go­ing to want to do ev­ery­thing we can to help you suc­ceed be­cause if you suc­ceed, the coun­try suc­ceeds.”

The two men, who have been harshly crit­i­cal of each other for years, were meet­ing for the first time, Trump said. The Repub­li­can called Obama a “very good man” and said he looked for­ward “to deal­ing with the pres­i­dent in the fu­ture, in­clud­ing coun­sel”.

Obama blasted Trump through­out the cam­paign as un­fit to serve as a com­man­der in chief. Trump spent years chal­leng­ing the le­git­i­macy of Obama’s pres­i­dency, falsely sug­gest­ing that Obama may have been born out­side of the United States.

But that at least pub­licly, the two men ap­peared to put aside their an­i­mos­ity. As the meet­ing con­cluded and jour­nal­ists scram­bled out of the Oval Of­fice, Obama smiled at his suc­ces­sor and ex­plained the un­fold­ing scene.

If Trump makes good on his cam­paign prom­ises, he’ll wipe away much of what Obama has done dur­ing his eight years in of­fice. The Repub­li­can pres­i­dent-elect, who will gov­ern with Congress fully un­der GOP con­trol, has vowed to re­peal Obama’s sig­na­ture health care law and dis­man­tle the land­mark nu­clear ac­cord with Iran.

First Lady Michelle Obama also met pri­vately in the White House res­i­dence with Trump’s wife, Me­la­nia, while Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den pre­pared to see Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence later yes­ter­day.

IPres­i­dent Barack Obama and Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump shake hands fol­low­ing their meet­ing in the Oval Of­fice of the White House in Wash­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

AP

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