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President-elect Trump meets with Obama at the White House

Construction for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is underway in front of the White House on Wednesday. (Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with outgoing President Barack Obama Thursday morning in a traditional exchange-of-power ceremony in Washington.

Obama, who was a frequent rhetorical punching bag for the Republican on the campaign trail, is hosting the meeting at the White House.

After Trump beat Obama's fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night's general election, the president, in a White House Rose Garden speech, called for Americans to unify behind Trump, who deserves "a chance" to prove that he can govern well.

Eight years ago, Obama had this same meeting with outgoing President George W. Bush and described his Republican predecessor as gracious and welcoming during their hour-long meeting.

Trump flew into Reagan National Airport in Virginia with his wife, Melania Trump, then arrived at the White House South Lawn at 11:04 a.m.

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