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Trump, Obama meet to discuss transition of power

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 01:18

The White House says the first meeting between Obama and Trump was ''less awkward than some might have expected'' as the pair discussed making a smooth transition of power, as speculations swirl about Trump's cabinet picks. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The political landscape is shifting... and so, it appears, the tone between President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump." The two met face-to-face for the first time ever on Thursday. The White House says they put aside their stark differences to focus on a smooth transition of power. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed then the country succeeds." What's next? Setting up a cabinet. Trump's early list appears to reward people loyal to him during his heated campaign. According to sources, it could be Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as defense secretary. Retired General Michael Flynn for Trump's national security adviser. Newt Gingrich or Bob Corker for Secretary of State. Also in the mix - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The White House says their top priority is to ensure a smooth transition of power... BEFORE Donald Trump is sworn-in as president.

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Trump, Obama meet to discuss transition of power

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 01:18