Obama welcomes Trump to White House

President Obama welcomed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE to the White House on Thursday.

Trump entered the White House out of view of journalists via the South Lawn.


A pool of reporters is expected to be brought in to see Trump and Obama after the meeting, but it is unclear whether there will be a photo opportunity of the two families together.

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush posed with Barack and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE after he arrived at the White House for the first time as president-elect in 2008.

The meeting in the Oval Office is the unofficial kickoff to a painful transition of power for Democrats and a triumphant one for Republicans. 

Trump has pledged to erase a number of Obama’s core accomplishments, including his sweeping healthcare law, immigration and environmental regulations, and the nuclear deal with Iran. 

It’s also the latest political spectacle in a year that’s been full of them. 

Obama is greeting a man who vocally challenged the legitimacy of his presidency by questioning whether he was born in the U.S.

Trump’s "birther" push led Obama to label him a “carnival barker.” 

The president repeatedly warned voters this year that the businessman should not be trusted with the nation’s nuclear codes. 

But on Wednesday, Obama promised a smooth transition and told the nation that Democrats and Republicans need to remember they are all on the same team after a presidential election.

The comments came just after Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE, who Obama backed for president, offered a concession speech in which she said people should give Trump a chance and have an "open mind."

First lady Michelle Obama is planning to privately meet with Trump’s wife, Melania, in the White House.

Donald and Melania Trump have a son, Baron, who is about the same age as the Obamas' younger daughter when she first came to live in the White House.

Vice President Biden is also scheduled to sit down behind closed doors with Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Trump lawyer offered six-point plan for Pence to overturn election: book Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field MORE later Thursday.