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Washington, DC - 10 November 2016
1. Wide shot of President Obama and President-elect Trump sitting in Oval Office
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President:
"Well I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide ranging. We talked about some of organizational issues in setting up the White House. We talked about foreign policy. We talked about domestic policy. And as I sat last night, my number one in the next coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful and I have been very encouraged by the interest by the President-elect Trump's wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. I believe that it is important for all regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges we face. And in the meantime, Michelle has had a chance to meet the incoming First Lady and they had an excellent conversation as well. We want to make sure they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition. 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 succeed."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President-elect:
"Well thank you very much, President Obama. This was a meeting that was going to last for maybe ten or fifteen minutes and we just were going to get to know each other. We had never met each other. I have great respect. The meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half and it could have, as far as I'm concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer. We really, we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved. So, Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many many more times in the future."
4. Meeting wraps up
In their first show of unity following a divisive presidential election, President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump met at the White House Thursday to symbolically begin the transition of power.
In remarks following the meeting, Obama said he was 'encouraged' by his conversation with Trump, and said his administration is now "are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed then the country succeed."
For his part, Trump noted that the meeting lasted much longer than scheduled as it was the first time the two men had ever met face to face.
He called the conversation with Obama "a great honor," and said he looks forward to his counsel in the future.
From the White House, Trump travels to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican leaders of Congress.
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