Donald Trump and Barack Obama meet at White House

Published On: November 10, 2016 || 2073 कार्तिक 25 बिहिबार , at 11:24 PM

Kathmandu- President Barack Obama is hosting his successor Donald Trump at the White House for what could prove to be awkward transition talks.

The Republican president-elect has questioned Mr Obama’s US citizenship and vowed to dismantle his legacy.

During the campaign, Mr Obama called Mr Trump “uniquely unqualified”, but now says he is “rooting” for him after his shock defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Thousands have taken to the streets of major US cities denouncing Mr Trump.

obama-and-trumpWhite House spokesman Josh Earnest has insisted Mr Obama is sincere about ensuring a smooth handover when he meets Mr Trump, though he added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy meeting.”

Mr Trump flew from New York on his private jet and landed at Reagan National Airport, just outside the nation’s capital.

The president-elect broke from protocol and barred journalists from travelling with him to cover his first meeting with Mr Obama.

The two men are expected to appear together for the cameras in the Oval Office after a behind-closed-doors meeting.

The president-elect is being accompanied by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mr Obama, who congratulated his successor in a phone call in the early hours of Wednesday, said it was “no secret” that he and Mr Trump had pretty significant differences.

But the Democratic president – who had campaigned against Mr Trump – urged all Americans to accept the result of the presidential election. –BBC