Tributes from former US presidents and across the political spectrum have poured in for Republican Senator John McCain, who has died aged 81. Barack Obama, who beat him to the White House in 2008, said they had shared a “fidelity to something higher”. George W Bush described him as “a patriot of the highest order”.
After savaging President Barack Obama before and during his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump met him in person for the first time on Thursday and said he had “great respect” for him. President Barack Obama called his conversation with President-elect Trump excellent.
President Barack Obama will host on Thursday a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, in their first public step toward a peaceful transition of power after the Republican businessman's surprise election victory. The two men have had almost no one-on-one contact previously. Trump led the birther movement that questioned Obama's U.S. citizenship and has pledged to overturn the Democratic president's signature policy achievements after he takes office on Jan. 20