President-elect Trump meets with President Obama at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the U.S. presidential transition (all times EST):
1:10 p.m. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, her former House colleague.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that Pelosi congratulated Pence on his win in their conversation Thursday.
Hammill said: "The two agreed on the need to find common ground and that they would meet in person in the weeks ahead."
Pence served in the House of Representatives before becoming governor of Indiana.
1 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump has left the White House after his first meeting with President Barack Obama.
Trump says it was the first time the two had ever met. For almost 90 minutes, they discussed the coming changeover of government. Trump said they had planned to meet for a much shorter period of time.
While in Washington, Trump also plans to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
As Trump and Obama met in the Oval Office, first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Trump's wife, Melania, to the White House residence.
12:50 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump says he's looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama's "counsel" in the future.
Trump was speaking at the end of his meeting Thursday with Obama in the Oval Office. He's suggesting he may turn to Obama for advice on governing.
Trump said he looks forward to being with Obama "many, many more times." He said they discussed a host of topics.
Trump said that Obama explained "some of the difficulties" but also "some of the really great things that have been achieved."
Trump is noting that the meeting was expected to be short, but lasted almost 90 minutes. He said as far as he's concerned, it could have gone on much longer.
12:45 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump says he "very much looks forward" to dealing with President Barack Obama in the future.
Trump was meeting with Obama Thursday in the Oval Office. He called the meeting a "great honor." Trump noted that he and Obama haven't met each other before. Their meeting lasted well over an hour.
12:40 p.m. President Barack Obama has met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House. Obama said that they had an "excellent" and "wide-ranging" conversation.
Obama met with Trump in the Oval Office for more than an hour to discuss the transition of power.
Obama said he was encouraged by Trump's wanting to work with his team on issues facing the country. He said it's important for all "to now come together." Later, Trump will go to Capitol Hill to talk with congressional leaders about the Republicans' legislative agenda for next year.
12:30 p.m. The Indiana governor's office says Vice President-elect Mike Pence will complete his term in the state's top office.
Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks said Thursday that Pence will remain in office until his term ends Jan. 9. Pence will become vice president when President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20.
Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb won election Tuesday to succeed Pence. Holcomb on Wednesday left open the possibility of an early gubernatorial transition by saying that decision was up to Pence.
Pence was elected governor in 2012 after 12 years in Congress.
A rally to welcome Pence back to the state is set for Thursday evening on the grounds of Indianapolis International Airport.
12:15 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with President Barack Obama has now lasted more than an hour.
The two were still meeting Thursday in the Oval Office as of noon. Reporters gathered by White House aides to witness the end of the meeting were waiting just outside the Oval Office, along the Rose Garden.
It's unclear whether Obama and Trump will make substantive comments or just exchange pleasantries when reporters and photographers are allowed in briefly for the end of the meeting.
11:50 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump has refused to let journalists travel with him to cover his first meeting with President Barack Obama. The move broke from protocol intended to ensure that the public has a watchful eye on the nation's leader.
Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without the so-called "pool" of reporters, photographers and television cameras that travel with presidents and presidents-elect.
Trump's meeting with Obama on Thursday was due to be reported by the pool of White House journalists who cover the president.
News organizations had tried for weeks to coordinate a pool of journalists who could travel with Trump immediately after Election Day if he won the election. But his campaign did not cooperate and his senior advisers refused Wednesday to discuss any such arrangements.
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is taking a walk around the South Lawn driveway with President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The two are walking together while Trump and President Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office. A handful of other Trump aides trailed behind Kushner and McDonough. Kushner is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka and was one of his closest advisers during the campaign.
11:30 a.m. The British prime minister's office says Donald Trump has invited Theresa May to visit him "as soon as possible," in the first phone call between the U.S. president-elect and Britain's leader.
May's office says in a statement that Trump "set out his close and personal connections with, and warmth for, the U.K."
Trump has family and business ties to Scotland.
Trump also praised the trans-Atlantic "special relationship."
The statement said May "highlighted her wish to strengthen bilateral trade and investment with the U.S."
Britain is hoping to strike new free-trade deals after Britain leaves the European Union, but Trump has signaled he may take a more protectionist attitude to the U.S. economy than his predecessors.
11:25 a.m. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says it was "an embarrassment" that millions of white working-class voters decided to back Republican Donald Trump in Tuesday's presidential election. The former rival of Hillary Clinton is calling on Democrats to take a strong stand against the role of corporate interests in politics.
Sanders spoke to the Associated Press by phone on Thursday. He said "there was a lack of enthusiasm" among Democrats and "people just did not come out to vote."
Sanders said he will support Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. And he is not ruling out another presidential campaign, saying that "four years is a long time from now."
11:10 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump has arrived at the White House to discuss the transition with President Barack Obama.
Trump arrived in Washington after flying from New York aboard his private jet. The meeting comes after Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's election. It symbolically begins the transition of power from Obama, a Democrat, to Republican Trump.
While Trump and Obama meet in the Oval Office, first lady Michelle Obama and Trump's wife, Melania, are to meet privately in the White House residence.
11:05 a.m. Experts believe new voting restrictions enacted in 14 states had some effect on turnout, especially in some of the battleground states won by Republican Donald Trump.
Voter IDs restrictions, reduced early voting and polling place consolidation were among the concerns heading into this presidential election, particularly in minority communities.
In some of the states, the margins between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were simply too great for those restrictions to have been a deciding factor. But in Wisconsin, one poll monitor said the roughly 27,000-vote difference was concerning given the turmoil surrounding the state's voter ID law.
As many as 300,000 Wisconsin voters did not have the required photo ID. With lower than expected turnout, Trump was the first Republican to win the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
10:45 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump has arrived in Washington for his meeting with President Barack Obama.
Trump flew from New York on his private jet and landed at Reagan National Airport, just outside of the U.S. capital.
While Trump huddles with the president in the Oval Office, his wife, Melania Trump, will meet privately with first lady Michelle Obama.
From the White House, Trump will travel to Capitol Hill for separate meetings with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
10:10 a.m. Jimmy Carter says President-elect Donald Trump needs Americans' "support and our prayers" as he prepares to take office.
Carter briefly discussed the election at a conference Thursday focused on neglected tropical diseases.
The 92-year-old former president says he spoke to Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. Carter joked that he understands how both Trump and Clinton feel this week.
He said that's "because I won the same election, as some of you may be old enough to remember, and then I lost the same election."
He said: "We have a lot in common."
Carter won the 1976 election and lost his 1980 re-election bid.
10 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump is meeting Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol.
Vice President-elect Pence will also join the early afternoon meeting according to McConnell's office.
The meeting will take place after Trump meets with President Barack Obama - and has lunch with House Speaker Paul Ryan.
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