Barack Obama hosts Donald Trump at White House

Barack Obama had urged all Americans to accept the result of the presidential election

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Washington, Nov 10: President Barack Obama on Thursday hosted his successor Donald Trump at the White House to discuss smooth transition of power.

Trump,70, flew from New York on his private jet and landed at Reagan National Airport, just outside the nation's capital. He broke from protocol and barred journalists from travelling with him to cover his first meeting with Obama.

Obama hosts Trump at White House

The president-elect was accompanied by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also accompanied them.

The Republican president-elect has questioned Obama's US citizenship and vowed to dismantle his legacy. During the election campaign Obama called Trump "uniquely unqualified".

Also read: We are all rooting for Trump's success: Barack Obama

On Wednesday, Obama had urged all Americans to accept the result of the presidential election. "We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," he said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest has insisted that Obama is sincere about ensuring a smooth handover although he added: "I'm not saying it's going to be an easy meeting."

PTI

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