Pres. Obama begins handing over the White House and the reins to President-elect Trump

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump says he's looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama's "counsel" in the future.

Trump was speaking at the end of his meeting Thursday with Obama in the Oval Office. He's suggesting he may turn to Obama for advice on governing.

Trump said he looks forward to being with Obama "many, many more times." He said they discussed a host of topics.

Trump said that Obama explained "some of the difficulties" but also "some of the really great things that have been achieved."

Trump is noting that the meeting was expected to be short, but lasted almost 90 minutes. He said as far as he's concerned, it could have gone on much longer.

President-elect Donald Trump refused to let journalists travel with him to cover his first meeting with President Barack Obama.

The move broke from protocol intended to ensure that the public has a watchful eye on the nation's leader.

Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without the so-called "pool" of reporters, photographers and television cameras that travel with presidents and presidents-elect.

Meanwhile, while Trump and Pres. Obama met inside, outside White House chief of staff Denis McDonough took a walk around the South Lawn driveway with President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. A handful of other Trump aides trailed behind Kushner and McDonough. Kushner is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka and was one of his closest advisers during the campaign. Also, while Trump and Obama meet in the Oval Office, first lady Michelle Obama and Trump's wife, Melania, are to meet privately in the White House residence. Vice President Joe Biden was also to meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

From the White House, Trump will travel to Capitol Hill for separate meetings with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump's transition team has launched a new website and Twitter account as the Republican prepares to take office.

Visitors to greatagain.gov can find information on Trump's polices as well as biographical information about the Republican. The website also includes a notice that it's looking to fill 4,000 slots for presidential appointees, but doesn't have instructions on how to apply for positions.

The transition team's Twitter account, @transition2017, posted its first tweet Wednesday night. It reads: "Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is leading Trump's transition team.

The White House says President-elect Donald Trump's team will start working directly with federal agencies this week on the transition.

Trump's team will start getting briefings related to the Defense Department, State Department, Treasury Department and other agencies. The briefings will include budget details, flow charts for staff and other information.

Officials at those agencies will start speaking regularly to Trump team members to facilitate the handover of power in January. And Trump's team will start creating policy teams that will work out of government-provided offices near the White House.

The White House also says the Obama administration will host two "exercises" involving multiple agencies to help familiarize Trump's team with government practices and systems for responding to domestic emergencies.