Obama, Trump hold historic White House meeting

Obama, Trump hold historic White House meeting

In his first interview since the election, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he planned to move "quickly" on the president's health initiative, which he argued has become so unworkable and expensive that "you can't use it".

Obama went on: "I believe that it is important to all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, now work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face".

But, based on a widely circulated photo of White House staffers, Obama must have had a mouse in his pocket when he said "we".

The violence stood in contrast to an apparently harmonious meeting between Trump and President Barack Obama created to heal divisions after the most acrimonious election campaign in recent memory.

"We discussed a lot of situations, some wonderful and some difficulties", Trump said.

White House officials said that Obama and Trump discussed a range of issues including global hotspots and the president's meetings next week overseas with leaders from Germany, Greece and across the Asia-Pacific. "And I said, "I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor", he added.

Obama, Trump hold historic White House meeting

Obama also vowed his support, telling Trump that his administration would "do everything we can to help you succeed, because if you succeed, then the country succeeds". Trump, who led the "birther" movement that questioned Obama's USA citizenship, called the president "a very good man". He said he looks forward to being with Obama "many, many more times".

Trump emerged from meeting Ryan, along with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, to tell reporters: "We're going to lower taxes as you know".

At 1:30 p.m. ET, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, will host the president elect and vice resident-elect for a meeting in his Capitol office today.

The Trump transition team has not been providing the US media with accounts of these calls with foreign leaders.

Such proposals, along with his free-wheeling tone and frequent insults of critics and rivals, earned Trump the disapproval of not just Democrats but many in the Republican establishment during the election campaign. Photos also showed Trump aide Dan Scavino at the White House. Michelle Obama has raised two daughters in the White House and the Trumps have a son, 10 year-old Barron.

Donald Trump is keeping Americans in the dark about his earliest conversations and decisions as president-elect, bucking a long-standing practice meant to ensure the public has a watchful eye on its new leader. Nearly three in 10 people who said his treatment of women bothered them voted for him anyway.

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