In first White House meeting, Obama and Trump agree to set differences aside

The sitting president and the president-elect held their first in a series of upcoming meetings over the next 10 weeks. "I believe that it is important for all, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together," President Obama said.
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In a first meeting at the White House Thursday morning, US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump kicked off their transition period, discussing some of America's most sensitive issues.

Obama said he and Trump had "an excellent conversation" which covered a wide range of topics, including foreign and domestic policies. "I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed," he told Trump, "because if you succeed, then the country succeeds."

Trump thanked Obama for his hospitality and called him "a very fine man," adding that he has "great respect" for him. During his election campaign, Trump said Obama was "perhaps the worst president in the history of our country."

"I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel," Trump said after the meeting. "He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets, and some of the really great things that have been achieved."

Following a campaign filled with very strong mutual criticism, Obama and Trump will be seeing a lot of each other over the next 10 weeks leading up to the latter's inauguration. Trump will be hearing many security briefings and become aware of vital information relating to the country's best-kept secrets, including its nuclear capabilities.

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