President-elect Donald Trump, along with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, is making his first trip Thursday to the nation’s capital after his Election Night victory,and other top Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
On Wednesday, President Obama pledged to help with a smooth transfer of power, echoing Donald Trump’s election night call for Americans to unite after the divisive election. In Trump’s meeting with GOP congressional leaders, given that Republicans control the House and Senate, there will likely be big-ticket items on the list, reports CBS News correspondent Major Garrett.
While both the president and president-elect have been gracious since the election, it is hard to forget some of the things they said about each other during the course of the campaign.
“If his closest advisers don’t trust him to tweet, why would any of us trust him with the nuclear codes,” Mr. Obama said during a Philadelphia rally. And Trump has said of the president that he “is essentially incompetent,” and he spent months before and during the 2012 presidential campaign questioning whether Mr. Obama was born in the U.S.
Follow along with our live-blog of his first transition meetings:
12:59 p.m. ET Trump arrives at the Capitol Hill club for his meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Vice president-elect Mike Pence arrived early Wednesday morning.
12:47 p.m. ET President Obama and president-elect Trump gave brief statements to the press in the Oval Office.
Mr. Obama said it was an excellent meeting and that he was encouraged by the Trump transition team’s interest in working with the White House.
“President Trump’s wanting to work with my team around the many issues this great country faces,” Mr. Obama said. “It is important for all of us, regardless of party… to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges we face.”
He added of the first lady: “Michelle has had a chance to greet the incoming first lady… we want to make sure that they feel welcome…We now are gonna want to do everything we can to help you succeed.”
Trump also gave remarks to the press, saying he has “great respect” for his predecessor and calling him a “good man.” He added that the two discussed several things — “some wonderful,” and some not so wonderful.
Turning to Mr. Obama, Trump said, “I look forward to being with you many, many more times.”
The two shook hands after the meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes.
12:35 p.m. ET Pool cameras were was ushered into the Oval Office for a photo opportunity.
The president and president-elect sat in high-backed armchairs at the end of the room, as is typical for when the President speaks to world leaders.
Both men spoke briefly, according to pool reports.
12:10 p.m. ET Pence’s motorcade arrives at the Capitol Hill Club, where he and Trump are scheduled to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
This afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took a call from the vice president-elect, according to a statement by a Pelosi aide. Pelosi congratulated him on his win and the two agreed on the need to find common ground. Pelosi and Pence, who had once served in the House as a congressman from Indiana, said that they would also meet face-to-face in the following weeks.
12:07 p.m. ET White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner were seen walking back from the lawn and across the Rose Garden, according to pool reports.
McDonough led Kushner, who is part of Trump’s transition team, up the colonnade, followed by the same group of aides who’d left them on their own for the walk. They entered the White House, looked up briefly when a reporter called out “Denis!” but did not respond.
12:05 p.m. ET Pence’s plane arrives in Washington, D.C.
11:00 a.m. ET Trump arrives to meet President Obama at the White House.
In the afternoon, the president alsoto the White House to honor the team and their 2016 NBA Championship.
10:25 a.m. ET Trump’s plane arrived at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National airport.
9:45 a.m. ET Trump departed from New York’s La Guardia airport to head to Washington, D.C.
9:00 a.m. ET Here’s the schedule for Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s meetings:
At 11:00 a.m. ET, President-elect Trump will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office.
At 12:30 p.m. ET, Trump and Pence will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, at the Capitol Hill Club.
At 1:30 p.m. ET, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, will host the president elect and vice resident-elect for a meeting in his Capitol office today.
At 2:45 PM, Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.