US President-elect Donald Trump has met President Barack Obama to coordinate a smooth transition of power amid growing protests against the Republican.
Trump visited the White House at the invitation of Obama on Thursday. They conferred in the Oval Office on their own for about 90 minutes.
After the talks, the 2 spoke to reporters. Obama said he had an excellent conversation with the president-elect. He said they discussed a wide range of topics, including domestic and foreign policy.
Obama said his number one priority in the coming 2 months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures the president-elect is successful.
Obama said he was very encouraged by Trump’s interest in working with his team on many issues facing the US.
He added that it is important for all people regardless of party and political preference to now come together to deal with the many challenges facing the country.
Trump said they discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficult.
Trump added he looks forward to having more talks with Obama, indicating he wants the president’s advice in preparing to form his administration.
It is extremely rare for an incumbent president and a president-elect to meet face-to-face only 2 days after Election Day.
Trump’s victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has sparked protest rallies nationwide. Analysts believe Obama is aiming for national reconciliation by ensuring a smooth handover of power.
Source and image: NHK