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Obama hosts Trump at White House, vows to do 'everything we can' to help him

Trump later appeared to shift focus from his previous comments, stating the process was going 'very, very smoothly'. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Washington, DC, United States Nov 10, 2016, 04.50 PM (IST)


President Barack Obama hosted president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office Thursday for ensuring a smooth transition of power after the New York real estate tycoon's stunning victory in the presidential elections.

Obama described their meeting as 'excellent conversation' and he looked forward to working with him. He also vowed to "do everything we can" to help Trump succeed.

Trump arrived at his soon-to-be home on Pennsylvania Avenue at roughly 11:00 am (1600 GMT), a US official told AFP.

The US president and his successor have shared an uneasy equation, with Trump questioning Obama's origins and Obama in turn describing the celebrity businessman as "uniquely unqualified" to be president.

After Trump's win, Obama asked Americans to back Trump and said they should now be "rooting" for his success.

The president elect's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, urged the country to give Trump a chance. She also spoke about healing the deep divisions in American society.

"We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead," Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Trump huddled at Trump Tower in New York with a group of advisers, planning a transition strategy to take over stewardship of the world's largest economy. His team unveiled a website that highlights the human resource challenge facing the incoming administration under the headline "Help wanted: 4,000 presidential appointees."

The site also invites the public to share ideas on "Making America Great Again." 

In the course of his campaign, Trump has pledged to deport illegal immigrants, ban Muslims from the country and tear up free-trade deals.

His populist rhetoric has gone down well with a majority of Americans. 

Not everyone is happy, however. Thousands of demonstrators carried out marches across the countries protesting Trump's surprise win, accusing the incoming leader of racism, sexism and xenophobia.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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