President Obama to welcome President-elect Trump to White House

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President Obama is to welcome his successor Donald Trump to the White House for talks aimed at smoothing over the transition of power.

President Obama told journalists on Wednesday that relations between them had been strained during the election campaign but now the way forward was for all Americans to work together.

The meeting may not be an easy one especially in light of anti-Trump protests that have taken place in numerous cities across America since the result of the election was announced.

The president-elect will be accompanied to the White House on Thursday by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama.