When President-elect Donald Trump and his team met with President Barack Obama last week and toured the White House, they were reportedly surprised to learn about all of the hard work it takes to run the country.
The Obama-Trump meeting was only supposed to last about 15 minutes. However, according to what Trump told the press afterwards, it lasted about an hour and a half, as Obama realized he needed to explain things in greater detail to Trump.
The Wall Street Journal reports Trump and his team are just now learning what a president really does. Trump did not want to jinx his chances of winning, so he didn’t begin preparing for a transition to the White House before Election Day.
A source told the Journal that Trump’s top advisers were surprised by the win and the job of president:
During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.
After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.
Trump’s team reportedly met to hammer out what tasks could legally be delegated to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is now running the transition team, replacing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“They are blatantly unprepared and don’t really have any sort of plan at all so far,” a source told Deadspin’s The Concourse. “The best illustration is there were no prepared policy statements or papers. Whereas in 2012 Romney’s team had hundreds of pages worth of federal policy transitions planned and written out, Trump’s team had (as of Wednesday) literally no pages.”
Since the White House meeting, Trump has named Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counsel.