It’s official. America have chosen their next president and as per tradition President-elect Donald Trump met with Barack Obama in the famous Oval Office on Thursday.
Donald Trump had his first official meeting with President Obama on Thursday describing him as: ‘a good man’, their previous spat seemingly forgotten. The meeting, which lasted 90 minutes, is the first of a 72 day transition period before Trump officially takes office on the 20th January.
President Obama couldn’t hide his disappointment as he appeared stony-faced, shaking Trump’s hand for the benefit of the media.
Trump has frequently fired insults at Obama calling him the: “founder of ISIS”, his presidency a: “disaster” and spent a lot of his campaign trying to get Obama to release his birth certificate.
Meanwhile, Obama had called trump: “uniquely unqualified” to take over as president and made him the subject of a joke at a White House dinner.
Their feud has been well documented so the first meeting between the two men was bound to appear a little frosty. Obama however, said:
My number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful.
Perhaps, in a desire to appear professional and appeal to his non-voters Trump ditched his usual intolerant and outspoken persona in favour of a more co-operative one. He said:
I have great respect, the meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half, and it could’ve, as far as I’m concerned, it could’ve gone on for a lot longer….. I very much look forward to dealing with President Obama in the future.
Is there a new side to Trump that we are yet to see?
His victory speech, immediately after the result, was one of unity and reassurance and not dissimilar to the one President Obama made following his election.
He spoke of: “working together” including: “all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs” and said that: “while we will always put America’s interests first we will deal fairly with everyone.”
However, not all seem to be convinced. Protests started across America on Wednesday, most notably in Chicago, New York, California and Los Angeles.
Many people chanted: “he’s not my president” with around 65 people were arrested in New York. Missiles were also thrown at riot police in California.
It may be a while before we discover what a true Trump presidency will look like.