On Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump met with current President Barack Obama to discuss issues facing our country. The two men, who have had some incredibly harsh things to say about one another, had never met in person before their post-election encounter at the White House to talk policy.
While both Trump and Obama told reporters their meeting went well and they were looking forward to the future of the country, President Obama strangely decided to nix a tradition that Obama took part in himself when he was President-elect: taking a group photo of the current President and First Lady along with the soon-to-be Presidential couple.
After speaking together for 90 minutes in private, President-elect Trump and President Obama spoke to reporters in the oval office about the outcome of the meeting.
“Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump,” Obama said. “It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House. We talked about foreign policy. We talked about domestic policy. And as I said last night, my number-one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful.”
“I have been very encouraged by the — I think — interest in President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces,” Obama continued.
“I have great respect,” Trump said about President Obama. “The meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half. And it could have — as far as I’m concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer.”
“We really,” Trump continued, “we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. I very much look forward to dealing with the President in the future, including counsel. He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Obama decided not to partake in the customary photo-op of the current first couple and future first couple together upon arrival. The Wall Street Journal reported:
“The Obamas didn’t do a photo-op featuring the current and future first couples outside the south entrance of the White House, as is customary. In his first visit to the White House after the 2008 election, Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama posed for the cameras alongside President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.”
President Obama spoke outside of the White House prior to Trump’s arrival about the upcoming transition of power between the two parties. Obama’s White House staff appeared incredibly somber during his speech.