The transition begins

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday.
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday.PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

With a handshake for the cameras, US President Barack Obama and Mr Donald Trump, the triumphant Republican candidate, set in motion the handover of the keys to the White House.

The 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office was not easy for the two men after a stormy election campaign that ended in defeat for Mr Obama's preferred successor, Mrs Hillary Clinton.

Apart from a public show of peace-making, the White House visit was a chance for the incumbent to discuss foreign and domestic issues Mr Trump would need to deal with from Day One.

The jostling has already started on who would get Cabinet positions in the Trump administration. Starting this weekend, the real estate tycoon, now President-elect, will get a version of the President's Daily Brief, a classified list of all threats facing the United States.

The countdown has begun: Mr Trump will take the oath of office on Jan 20 next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2016, with the headline 'The transition begins'. Print Edition | Subscribe