President Obama and Donald Trump discuss their visit at the White House
President Obama met for more than 90 minutes with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday, an unexpectedly lengthy encounter that ended with both men offering uncharacteristic praise for each other.
Obama, calling their discussion an “excellent conversation,” said he was “encouraged” by Trump’s interest in working with his administration as the president-elect prepares to address the nation’s challenges.
“I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed,” Obama said before a scrum of reporters ushered into the Oval Office after the meeting.
Donald Trump’s presidential victory defied just about everything supposedly smart people knew about politics and winning the White House.
Not that it mattered.
He prevailed by tapping a force that was far more powerful than the strongest debate performance, the most attention-grabbing TV spot, the savviest turnout operation or the highest-profile surrogates, from the White House down.
President-elect Donald Trump and his team launched his White House transition website and official Twitter account Wednesday.
The site, greatagain.gov, starts to break down how Trump will prepare to take over the role from President Obama in the next two months before January’s inauguration. It details the incoming Trump administration’s plans for “Making America Great Again” — securing the U.S.; reforming taxes, trade, transportation infrastructure, healthcare, veterans administration and finances; and building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Visitors can also read through the backgrounds of the president-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. And they can submit their own stories and what they want Trump to address in his new role.
After years of controversy and insults, Donald Trump's advisors tried to wipe the slate clean in television interviews on Thursday as he prepares for the presidency.
"There will be a fresh start," Michael Cohen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said on CNN's "New Day."
He said there was no animus toward Mexicans or Muslims, whom Trump derided on the campaign trail. And addressing the thousands of people across the nation protesting Trump's election, Cohen said, "Please give him a chance. Wait to see before you make your decision."
Vice President Joe Biden assured Jewish leaders that U.S. support for Israel will remain strong under President-elect Donald Trump, no matter his views.
Speaking before the World Jewish Congress on Wednesday, Biden tried to quiet rumbling fears that U.S. backing for Israel would waver under a Trump administration after Trump's campaign stoked anti-Semitic support around the country.
“Even if the new administration were inclined to reduce the commitment, which it is not, Congress would never let it happen,” Biden said at the group’s gala in New York City. “The American people would never let it happen.”
As they struggled through the wreckage of one of their worst election nights in memory, Democrats faced a brutal reckoning over how the party, soon to be out of power on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, can regain relevance.
Democrats went into Tuesday’s balloting presuming that they would win the presidency for a third time in a row, gain a majority in the U.S. Senate and, if everything went well, cut into Republicans’ congressional margins, too.
It turned out that the ceiling was made not of glass, but reinforced concrete.
At least that is what it felt like to many women who had been getting ready Tuesday to pour champagne in celebration of the first female president of the United States.
It soon became clear that the nation’s 45th U.S. president would be the 45th man to hold the title, and Hillary Clinton, the woman many had expected to break the biggest gender barrier of them all, would be an also-ran for the nation’s highest office.
Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election sparked protests across the nation Wednesday, with crowds marching through city streets, rallying at college campuses and staging walkouts at schools in an open disavowal of the president-elect.
Students at several Bay Area high schools got up from their seats in the middle of class and filed out. A throng of more than 1,000 young protesters gathered on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall, burning a giant Trump head in effigy and blocking traffic along Spring and 1st streets.
“I expected better of my electorate,” Vishal Singh, 23, said in downtown L.A. late Wednesday. He said he was reeling over the support for a man he saw as opposed to immigrants and LGBT rights. “I thought this country was different.”