Michelle Obama meets Melania Trump in private at the White House

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Michelle Obama has met with new first lady, Melania Trump, in a private audience at the White House.

Article by Mary Ward

The women met in a room closed to the public and press while their husbands, US president Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump, met in the Oval Office for the first time since Tuesday’s election upset.

Obama was a vocal supporter of Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office in Washington, ...

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office in Washington, US. Did the wives speak for as long as their husbands did?

Speaking to Clinton supporters in October, following the release of tapes which showed Trump boasting about grabbing women “by the pussy”, Obama said the tapes had “shaken [her] to [her] core”.

“We have a candidate for president of the United States who over the course of his lifetime, over the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are shocking, so demeaning,” she said.

Hillary Clinton's campaign was supported by Michelle Obama.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign was supported by Michelle Obama.

While Slovenian-born model Trump mainly remained quiet throughout her husband’s bid for the presidency, her first campaign trail speech, given at the Republican National Convention, caused controversy when it was revealed to have stolen whole paragraphs from a speech Mrs Obama had given in 2008, at the Democratic National Convention before her husband’s election.

The Washington Post reports that the pair spoke about raising children while they toured the property’s private residence, with Obama hosting the new first lady for tea before they rejoined their husbands.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump spoke for 90 minutes in Thursday’s meeting. “It is important for all of us, regardless of party, regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together,” President Obama told reporters after the meeting.

It is not known whether Mrs Obama and Mrs Trump spoke to each other for the entire hour and a half: Donald Trump told reporters he had only expected his meeting with the president to go for 10-15 minutes.

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