Obama Vows to Work With President-elect Donald Trump

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.
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President Barack Obama says he’ll work with President-elect Donald Trump to deliver a smooth transition of power.

The pair met for more than an hour and a half in the Oval Office before they spoke to reporters.

“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. Because if you succeed, then the country succeeds,” Obama said.

Trump thanked Obama for allowing the meeting to go long, explaining that it was supposed to last 15 minutes but went more than an hour.

“I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future,” Trump said, citing that he would appreciate Obama’s ”counsel” as part of the transition.

Trump said he had never met Obama personally before and says they spoke about domestic and offering policy.

The pair shook hands but did not take questions.

The Trump motorcade arrived at the White House at 11:02 a.m. via the south entrance of the White House, away from the view of cameras.

Trump’s campaign did not allow a press pool representative to travel with the motorcade, preventing details of his arrival from being reported.

Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was spotted with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner taking a stroll on the White House lawn.


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