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President-Elect Trump Meets President Obama To Begin Transition
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WATCH: President-Elect Trump Meets President Obama To Begin Transition (AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama greeted President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on November 10 in the first public step in a transition of power following Trump's surprise election victory.

However, despite the high-profile nature of the event, Trump refused to adhere to a long-standing practice intended to ensure the public has a watchful eye on the country's new leader.

Trump refused to allow journalists to travel with him to Washington for his historic first meeting with Obama and congressional leaders.

The president-elect's top advisers also refused requests from news organizations to allow a small group of journalists to follow him as he attended the meetings in Washington.

Obama said after the meeting that the two talked about a "wide range" foreign and domestic policies, and that he was "encouraged" by the "excellent" conversation -- adding that it is important to "come together" to face challenges.

Trump said the meeting lasted longer than scheduled, and that the two discussed "a lot of situations, including some difficulties."

He said the meeting was a "great honor" and that he looks forward to more meetings with Obama in the future.

The visit came at the invitation of Obama, who has pledged to work for a smooth transition from a Democratic to Republican administration following the November 8 election.

Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden was also meeting at the White House on November 10 with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was meeting there with Trump's wife, Melania Trump.

After meeting Obama, Trump on November 10 met with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying that after his inauguration he will work very quickly on issues like healthcare and immigration. Trump also said "we are going to lower taxes."

Later on November 10, after meeting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump said the two had spoken about immigration, healthcare, and jobs.

Trump is due to be sworn into office on January 20.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa