Photo: President-elect Donald Trump meets with President Obama at the White House, November 10, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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The formal transition of power began today when the President-elect arrived at the White House. The meeting went on for an hour and a half. Just last week, President Obama called Donald Trump unqualified for the office. Today he told reporters that he was "encouraged by the interest in President-elect Trump's wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces" and said he hoped Trump would be successful. As President-elect, Trump had kind words for the President he's trashed in public for the past 18 months. "We discussed a lot of situations, some wonderful some difficult. I very much look forward to dealing with the President in the future including counsel." Josh Lederman, White House reporter for the Associated Press, has more on the meeting.
As he takes the most powerful job in the world, it's no secret that Donald Trump has no experience of his own in public office. The President-elect made history again today at the White House, where he met with the incumbent President in the Oval Office. Politically, there's no love lost between Donald Trump and Barack Obama, and the promises of a "peaceful transition" may be hard to maintain. Their differences can't be exaggerated — from domestic policy to foreign affairs — and Trump has promised to obliterate the legacy of Obama. Already there are anti-Trump demonstrations around the country. Will Obama be able to hold down the drama as Trump finally reveals his plans?
Glenn Thrush, New York Times (@GlennThrush)
Liz Mair, Mair Strategies LLC (@LizMair)
Ron Unz, Silicon Valley entrepreneur (@RonUnz1)
Kevin O'Leary, University of California, Irvine
Timothy O'Brien, Bloomberg View (@TimOBrien)
In San Diego today, Gonzalo Curiel held a hearing in the ongoing civil fraud case against Trump University. He's the federal judge Trump called biased because of his Mexican ancestry. That's one of dozens of lawsuits facing the President-elect and his global network of business interests.
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Norman Eisen was chief White House Ethics Lawyer in the first two years of the Obama Administration. A former diplomat, now at the Brookings Institution, Eisen has more on what the legacy of a businessman who boasts having never held political office will mean when he's in the White House.
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