U.S. President Barack Obama will host an awkward meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday in their first public step toward a peaceful transition of power after the Republican businessman's surprise election victory.
Separately, Trump, Pence, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will meet Thursday in Washington to discuss how they can hit the ground running in a Trump administration, NBC News reported. The meeting will take place at 12:30 ET at the Capitol Hill Club.
And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will meet with Trump and Pence for a meeting in his Capitol office at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Obama and Trump have had almost no one-on-one contact previously. Trump led the "birther" movement that questioned Obama's U.S. citizenship and has pledged to overturn the Democratic president's signature policy achievements after he takes office on Jan. 20
Obama campaigned vigorously for Trump's Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and called Trump both temperamentally unfit for the presidency and dangerously unprepared to have access to U.S. nuclear codes.
They will seek to put that history behind them, at least for the cameras, during a meeting in the Oval Office at 11 a.m. First lady Michelle Obama will also meet privately with Trump's wife, Melania, in the White House residence.