President Obama and President-Elect Trump Deliver Remarks After First Meeting

November 10, 2016

President Obama hosted President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday in a customary tradition to discuss the transition process between the two administrations.

Trump and Obama both delivered brief remarks to the press after their 90-minute meeting.

"I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging," Obama said. "We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House."

Obama told reporters that he and Trump discussed foreign policy and domestic issues. He also expressed his willingness to help Trump and his campaign with the transition process.

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

Trump remarked that he was grateful for the meeting, describing the meeting as a "great honor."

"We discussed a lot of different situations. Some wonderful and some difficulties," Trump said. "I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel."

Obama and Trump have had a less than cordial relationship leading up to this meeting, which was the first time they had met in person. Trump had previously accused Obama of not being born in the United States, a claim the president-elect has since recanted. Obama made it known several times campaigning for Hillary Clinton that he is no fan of Trump.