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Washington- U.S. President Barack Obama and President elect Donald Trump met on Thursday, making history happen. The two, despite vigorously campaigning against each other, have still not sat down or directly debated each other.

Trump arrived at the White House at eleven in the morning–however no media outlet was able to shoot his arrival.

The two had put past animosity aside during a 90-minute White House meeting designed to quell fears about the health of the world’s pre-eminent democracy.

White House officials said that Obama and Trump discussed a range of issues including global hotspots and the president’s meetings next week abroad with leaders from Germany, Greece and across the Asia-Pacific.

This is reportedly the first face-to-face Obama and Trump meeting, and had chiefly discussed the transition between the two presidencies.

More so, First Lady Michelle Obama had a sit-down at the White House with her soon-to-be successor, Melania Trump.

Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, met in his West Wing office with Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, the new VP-elect.

Obama also vowed his support, telling Trump that his administration would “do everything we can to help you succeed, because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”

Seated next to Obama after their talks, Trump told reporters: “We really discussed a lot of situations, some wonderful, some difficulties.” He said Obama explained “some of the really great things that have been achieved,” but did not elaborate.

“It was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future,” Trump said, with a tone of deference.

Protesters turned out for a second day in cities across America from New York to Los Angeles to express continued opposition to the incoming leader they accuse of racism, sexism and xenophobia. Thousands had rallied on Wednesday.

In a tweet Trump said: “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”