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Donald Trump-Barack Obama Meet: Here's What The Internet Thought About It

Updated: November 11, 2016, 11:26 AM IST
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Donald Trump-Barack Obama Meet: Here's What The Internet Thought About It
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U.S. President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met on Thursday for the first time, setting aside the deep rancor that dominated the long campaign season to discuss the transition to the Republican's inauguration on January 20.

Their meeting, which lasted all of 90-minutes in the White House Oval Office, with no aides present, took place just two days after Trump's stunning election victory over Hillary Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state.

Obama, who vigorously campaigned for his fellow Democrat to succeed him, had repeatedly called Trump unfit for the president's office, while the businessman had often dubbed Obama's eight-year tenure a "disaster."

But in separate post-election remarks on Wednesday, both men appeared to seek to help the country heal from a bitterly divisive campaign, and that tone continued into the White House meeting.

And even though the two men looked relaxed and cordial in front of the cameras, social media users refused to believe that the two were comfortable in each other's company after the ugly campaign.

Some on the Internet were of the opinion that there was a slight awkwardness which did reflect in their body language and facial expressions.

Soon after the meeting, the two men addressed the White House reporters who clicked several pictures of them shaking hands and talking to each other.

And as soon as the photographs made its way to the Internet, netizens started cracking jokes on how the two would be feeling sitting next to each other, shaking hands, when both showed zero respect for one another just two days ago.

Here's what netizens had to say when they saw the first pictures of the Trump-Obama meeting in the White House.

Trump, a real estate magnate who has never held political office, later met congressional leaders, including U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican who has had a strained relationship with Trump.

(With input from Reuters.)

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