President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington D.C. on Thursday, ahead of his planned meeting with President Barack Obama.
The two met in the White House Oval Office, in a long-standing American political tradition, symbolizing the transfer of power. This marks the first time Trump and Obama have met.
Trump’s running mate and Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with his predecessor, Joe Biden, and First Lady to be Melania Trump was greeted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Rather than the planned 10 to 15 minute get together, Trump and Obama spoke for roughly an hour and a half. President Obama called the conversation with Trump “excellent”, and emphasized the need to “work together” to unite the country.
“It is important for all of us, regardless of party, regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together,” Obama said.
“If you succeed, the country succeeds,” Obama added, turning to Trump.
Trump also praised the dialogue, saying that “It could have, as far as I’m concerned, gone a lot longer.”
“We discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. He’s explained some of the difficulties.”
President Obama and the new President-elect will hold additional meetings during the transition period before the actual transfer of power when Trump is sworn in on January 20th, 2017.