Trump And Obama Have Over 1 Hour Meeting To Discuss Transition

President-elect Donald Trump called President Barack Obama a “very good man” as the two long-time antagonists met in the Oval Office Thursday for a meeting to discuss the transition of the presidency.

The meeting was scheduled to last 10 minutes but lasted 90 minutes instead as the two men discussed foreign policy and domestic policy, with Obama saying he was encouraged by Trump’s interest in working together during the transition.

Trump was gracious in return, thanking Obama for the meeting.

“Mr President, it was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times,” he said.

This was a change of pace from the campaign trail where Trump and Obama had very unflattering words for each other, with the animosity between them going back several years to when the billionaire questioned the president’s citizenship and religion.

“He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump told Fox News in 2011.

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That began a five-year feud between the two that included Obama attempting to put a stop to the “birther” rumors by releasing his “long-form” birth certificate from Hawaii in April 2011.

Trump continued to question the birth certificate’s legitimacy until a September 2016 news conference where he said Obama was “born in the United States. Period.”

However, things seemed much more civil between the two Thursday, with Obama telling reporters that he will give Trump his full cooperation in the transition period.

“As I said last night, my No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful,” Obama said.

Obama said he wants Trump to succeed, telling him, “If you succeed, the country succeeds.”

The president-elect said he would seek “counsel” from Obama.

Trump is also scheduled to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is traveling with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who will meet Vice President Joe Biden.

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