Mr Trump comes to Washington: Triumphant tour for the victor, by Julie Pace.
President-elect Donald Trump took a triumphant tour of the nation’s capital Thursday, holding a cordial White House meeting with President Barack Obama, sketching out priorities with Republican congressional leaders and taking in the majestic view from where he’ll be sworn in to office.
Trump spent years perpetrating the lie that Obama was born outside the United States. The president campaigned aggressively against Trump during the 2016 campaign, warning that his election would put the republic at risk.
But at least publicly, the two men appeared to put aside their animosity. As the meeting concluded and journalists scrambled out of the Oval Office, Obama smiled at his successor and explained the unfolding scene.
“We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed the country succeeds,” Obama said. …
First lady Michelle Obama met privately in the White House residence with Trump’s wife, Melania, while Vice President Joe Biden saw Vice President-elect Mike Pence late Thursday. …
The show of civility at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue contrasted with postelection scenes of protests across a politically divided country.
The word that sums up the first meeting between Barack Obama and Donald Trump was “awkward.” What would we expect? The two men have spent the last few weeks questioning each other’s character. Trump had called Obama a disastrous president and spun the birther myth. Obama had said that Trump was unqualified and crazy, that he “can’t handle the nuclear codes.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil