President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama pledged Thursday to work together after their first meeting, starting the whirlwind transition that will unfold over the next 10 weeks until Trump is sworn into office Jan. 20.
An hour and a half after Trump entered the White House through the South Lawn entrance — avoiding news cameras and the president’s staff — a group of reporters was ushered into the Oval Office, where the president and president-elect were seated in the high-backed armchairs at the end of the room.
In a sign of how tensions between the two politicians have not disappeared in the immediate aftermath of the election, the White House did not arrange for the traditional photo-op between the current first couple and the incoming one, a custom that George W. Bush and his wife Laura observed when the Obamas visited the White House in 2008. Melania Trump met separately with Michelle Obama.
Still, Trump told reporters Thursday that he expects to work closely with Obama now and in future to seek his advice in guiding the country. He noted that a session that was supposed to last 10 to 15 minutes went on for an hour-and-a-half.