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welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and around the globe. donald trump spent much of his campaign promising to drain the swamp of washington. today he waded into the heart of it. the president-elect went to the white house. it was the first time he actually met barack obama. he then went to capitol hill and visited top republicans, and throughout it all he was assiduously civil. our north america editor jon sopel has more. jon: from january it will be air force one, but donald trump flew to washington on his own signature plane, ahead of another extraordinary day in the political story of the. united states. and then the jaw-dropping, rub your eyes moment, donald trump sitting in the oval office with barack obama. loathing put and
aside as the president and, well, the apprentice, assured a smooth transition. president obama: well, i have a opportunity to happen next like -- have an excellent conversation with president-elect trump, and as i my priority in, the coming two months is to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful. president-elect trump: i very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. he explained some of the difficulties, some of the highflying assets, some of the really great things that have been achieved. so, mr. president, it was a great honor being with you, and i look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future. president obama: thank you. thank you, everybody. president-elect trump: very good man. very good man. jon: this meeting is about
showing the strength and the robustness of the u.s. constitution, that the office of the presidency is more important than any individual, that the peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of u.s. democracy. who knows what will be said when the cameras aren't there? but let's hope it is more constructive than some of the things they've said about each other. there was the white house correspondents dinner five years ago. president obama: say what you will about mr. trump, he would bring some change to the white house. let's see what we got up there. [laughter] jon: and the insults have gone back and forth ever since. president obama: donald trump is uniquely unqualified to be president. mr. trump: the rise of isis is the direct result of policy decisions made by president obama. president obama: and then suddenly he is going to be the champion of working people? come on! come on, man.
jon: but there are serious policy issues where donald trump is determined to rip up what his predecessor put in place. the affordable care act, the signature policy achievement of the barack obama years, known as obamacare, gave health insurance to millions more americans, but is hated by huge numbers because premiums have soared and coverage worsened. donald trump has pledged to repeal and replace it, though with what is unknown. enormous amounts of time and effort have been spent on comprehensive trade deals with asia and europe. both of those will be dead in the water under a trump presidency. obama also invested a lot of political capital in the climate change deal signed in paris by world leaders, which only came into force a few days ago. but donald trump has previously said climate change is a hoax and promised to withdraw u.s. support. >> we protest the president-elect! we protest the president-elect! jon: another important feature of american democracy was on
show last night, the right to protest. >> i can't understand how someone who is so misogynistic could be elected president of the united states. !> deport trump >> they have a right to protest but let's look at what they are protesting. they are protesting democracy. democracy is at work. jon: thousands marched in fury at the dawning of the trump era, and some celebrated. for many there is still deep unease, and for others, huge excitement. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. katty: the election is only days behind us but the transition has already begun. mr. trump moves into the oval office in january. what will he do when he gets there? after meeting members of congress, he did give us a clue. would beity, he said , health care, immigration, and cutting taxes. gavin hewitt looks at the next president's agenda.
gavin: the nation's capitol and the chambers of power. donald trump has the potential to be an extraordinarily powerful president, with both houses of congress controlled by the republican party. today donald trump was at capitol hill meeting with the speaker of the house of representatives, paul ryan. he promised to work closely with the president-elect, despite a previously troubled relationship. rep. ryan: donald trump had one of the most impressive victories we have ever seen and we are going to turn that into progress for the american people and talk about how to hit the ground running. gavin: donald trump said he was impatient to move quickly. president-elect trump: we spent quite a bit of time together. somenk we are going to do absolutely spectacular things for the american people. gavin: what is likely to be the new president's priority? at his victory party the other night, he gave a big clue. president-elect trump: we are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways,
bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. we are going to rebuild our infrastructure. gavin: rebuilding america's crumbling infrastructure will enable him to make an immediate impact and to leave his mark. so what else will form his home agenda? less regulation for business, lowering taxes across the board, and reducing immigration. he did promise to build a wall along the entire mexican border, but that will be a difficult ambition to achieve. another seat of power is the supreme court, and donald trump has opportunities there. nothing matters more to conservative republicans then who sits here on the supreme court. donald trump will be able to appoint at least one judge, perhaps more. and they make key constitutional rulings in areas such as abortion and gun rights. and what about his foreign agenda?
will donald trump honor nato's core commitment to defend allies? what will be his relationship with president putin of russia? >> almost every u.s. president coming in has tried to set a new benchmark with russia to see where we can work together, but then russia has been the one to create disappointment. gavin: as regards donald trump's likely team, he is sure to reward those who stood with him during the campaign, men like rudy giuliani, former mayor of new york, governor chris christie, and former speaker newt gingrich. it is not yet certain who will get the most senior posts. they are already building the stage for donald trump's inauguration. as a candidate, he has made many promises. some won't be carried out, but he is ambitious, determined to leave a big legacy, and rebuilding america's infrastructure will be an early priority. gavin hewitt, bbc news, washington. katty: for more on president obama's meeting with president-elect trump and the transition process, i spoke a
short time ago with stuart rothenberg, columnist for "the washington post." you have seen many of these transitions of power. andy's first meetings. -- and these first meetings. how does this compare to previous meetings? stuart: this one was cordial and cooperative and conciliatory. that in itself is interesting for donald trump. he has been a changed man the last 24 or 48 hours, but most people remember the bombastic narcissist rather than this one, this gentleman, who seems more like a traditional politician. we really have no idea what direction he is going to go. katty: is there something humbling, do you think, about walking into the oval office even for someone of donald trump's robust ego? stuar: for most people absolutely. the history of it all -- suddenly people are talking to him as the president-elect. that is a totally different role. on the other hand, he has a strong personality and relates to people in a certain way that you wonder once he is in office sitting there and making
decisions -- you know what he said, he knows more than the generals. is it going to be that donald trump, or the donald trump who said he would seek the president's counsel? katty: how will you make your determination over the next few weeks as to which persona is going to be the donald trump he decides to adopt as president? stuart: we will look to see who he selects for the key posts in the white house, the administration. we will look to see how he interacts with republican leaders on capitol hill. we will look for the unfolding of some sort of agenda. slogans are one thing -- build a wall, that's a slogan. what is there -- there will be a agenda -- an agenda unfolding, and there are one or two really high-profile issues has to deal with. this isn't an issue so much, but he spent the entire campaign talking about prosecuting hillary clinton, talking about indicting her. the chants of his supporters,
"lock her up." how does he deal with that? that was kind of a crucial part of his draining the swamp. katty: when you saw president obama today, what do you think he is thinking, what do you think he is thinking about his legacy? stuart: well, i suspect part of his thinking is, is this real? am i really talking to president-elect donald trump? it is hard to fathom. it was so hard for hillary clinton that she had to wait, essentially, overnight to accept the reality of it. i'm sure he is worried about his legacy and i'm sure there's something a bit supernatural about the whole thing. katty: supernatural, perhaps, for some many of us. stu rothenberg, thanks for coming in. a big day in washington, d.c. among the states which backed mr. trump on tuesday was pennsylvania. it was the first time since 1988 that voters there sided with the republican candidate.
the result of a lot of people by surprise. our correspondent michelle fleury has been to the rural county to speak to people who voted for the president-elect. michelle: turnout in rural areas like this, northampton county, helped donald trump win the state of pennsylvania and the presidency. in the last 2 elections, they voted for barack obama. man races reindeer and grows fur trees. he told me this time donald trump was the gift of change. >> i'm a registered democrat. i voted the last 2 times for barack obama, 2 times before that for bush. but i voted for trump. michelle: why? >> i'm interested in change and i'm tired of politics in washington being the same, the same people. i honestly believe we need someone who doesn't have the
political ties, and also someone that i believe is going to be for the everyday person. michelle: jim voted for hillary clinton. in this divided election, even friends don't always agree. >> i know vince and i have had a lot of conversations about how he is going to vote and i vote. the idea that you can send somebody to washington to clean it up, i just don't think that will happen. michelle: pollsters refer to places like this as swinging gates in a u.s. election, shifting back and forth between parties. frustration with politicians in washington, hillary clinton's failure to connect on a range of issues, left the gate wide open for donald trump to walk through. a couple miles down the road we met 2 construction workers, trump supporters, who said his outsider status meant he understood the country's challenges. >> he spoke what most of america was thinking.
>> people said, wait a minute, this guy is talking about what we are talking about. hold on a minute, this is our guy. honey, but we are democrats. i don't care, this is our guy. michelle: but can this guy build on the gains republicans made in his former blue state? michelle fleury, bbc news, northampton county, pennsylvania. katty: for more on the historic campaign made in battleground states like pennsylvania, i'm joined by a former congressman from that state. ulysses that report, people who voted for democrats and suddenly voted for donald trump, did that surprise you can being from pennsylvania? >> it surprises me a bit, the number who came out. 50 years in pennsylvania politics and i've never seen
numbers that came out in the state that overwhelmed to the philadelphia vote. and it was a big philadelphia vote this time. it does say that there was something happening out there, and people were sending a message to the establishment figures that they are unhappy. katty: so who exactly are they sending the message to, and what is the message they are sending? >> i think it is kind of to the coastal elites. whether it is los angeles or new york or washington, it is the people who they believe ignore them, and in fact, in many cases laugh at them. atty: when you were congressman in and in 1990's, bill clinton, a democrat, was president. did they feel the same might? -- same way? >> not as intensely as now.
there has always been a feeling among the american people that washington doesn't understand them. mark twain called -- new.is is nothing but the intensity of the feeling has gone up as we have turned the 21st century. katty: is it the fact that there is a democrat in the white house? there is a republican-held congress and they are just as angry with republican politicians? >> i think they are, and we have seen a digital transformation, a real revolution in the economy, and their inability to see that we are -- see where that benefits them is at the heart of all of this, to. the only chance they have to speak out is to speak out to the politicians, and they dated very tellingly this time. katty: what is donald trump going to do?
you can't get rid of all members of congress. he still has a big political body. he still has to deal with politicians, like yourself. >> but the fact is that what people are witnessed in recent years is the inability of those politicians to really address the problems they see. i think of donald trump comes in and works with the republicans in congress and republicans in congress do back to him on some of his initiatives, the people will be pretty pleased to see that. and i think there is a possibility of that because the new leader of the senate is a very different guy that harry reid was. chuck schumer is a dealmaker. you have a dealmaker in the white house and a dealmaker as the senate majority leader -- minority leader at this point. katty: the art of the deal, the new american presidency. you are watching "bbc world news america."
still to come, striking a more andl tone, donald trump president obama play up the positive in the oval office. when she appeared on the cover of "national geographic" magazine 30 years ago, she became the symbol of the refugees struggle in afghanistan. now she has been welcomed back into the country after being deported from pakistan, where she is accused of carrying fake id papers. the green eyes of a 12-year-old whose face came to represent the suffering of afghan people. more than 30 years later, the cameras are again focused on the of the expression globally recognized refugee being welcomed back to her home country along with her four children. at the presidential palace, her return was seen as a sign of the country's progress. >> we are proud to see that she
lives with dignity and security in her homeland. i've said repeatedly and i would like to repeat it again -- our complete until we have absorbed all our refugees. reporter: but this is anything but a voluntary homecoming. it was punishment. hours earlier, she was deported from pakistan under police guard after serving a 15-date prison sentence in hospital where she was treated for hepatitis c. she was accused of carrying fake pakistani id papers and staying in the country illegally. her last days in pakistan were spent hiding in this building hawar.e shower -- in pes it was eventually rated and she was arrested. although she will start her new life in an apartment furnished by the afghan president, reports say she is heartbroken about her return to her home country. but for authorities, this was a
high-profile example of their crackdown on refugees living in the country, amid relations -- amid deteriorating relations with afghanistan. katty: the indian government's sudden decision to withdraw 2 popular currency notes from circulation has led to chaos at some banks. customers have been desperate to change their now worthless cash into legal tender, and some banks have run out. the government move is part of an effort to fight corruption, they say, as out south asia correspondent reports. reporter: tempers are beginning .o fray they have been queuing for hours, hoping to changea government suddenly banned on tuesday night. a lucky few make it inside the bank. >> is my grandson's birthday
today and i want to buy him something, but i have no valid currency notes. i had to come here to get some. reporter: 85% of the cash in the indian economy is in 500 or 1,000 rupee notes. both of which are now worthless. canceling the currency is next ordinary move in -- is a next ordinary move in the world's seventh-largest economy to have . the cues are to change the old money for new notes issued for the first time today. the idea is to force people to bring out in cash, which they haven't paid tax on or got through corruption could just 1% of indians pay income tax. the prime minister wants to change that. >> he wants to bring a lot of money,-paid, corrupt
out of the banking system come into the banking system. reporter: the movie is popular with most indians despite the long waits. >> this is a good thing, but changes come with some pain. it canncurrent current-- curb corruption, bring back black money. reporter: what do you think? >> it is a good idea. >>reporter: what banks have been running out of money and if the government cannot get new cash into the system soon, there could be trouble. it was a sight many thought we would never see. after the bitterness of the campaign, president obama and donald trump sitting in the oval office and talking to each other quite cordially. it is part of the important transition in american democracy, and it always comes as quite a surprise.
president obama: i had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with president-elect trump. it was wide-ranging. donald trump is uniquely unqualified to be president. he is temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief. we talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up a white house. we talked about foreign policy, domestic policy. mr. trump: the rise of isis is the direct result of policy decisions made by president obama. president obama: no, i'm serious, this is a guy who tweets, they should cancel "saturday night live." president-elect trump: well, thank you, president obama. this was supposed to last 10 or 15 minutes and we were just getting to know each other and we have never met each other. i have great respect. they are giving this guy a free pass. i really don't know what is going on. i don't know why he can't get a birth certificate. president obama: tonight for the
first time i'm releasing my official birth video. mr. trump: a lot of the so-called birthers, these are great people. i really look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. president obama: i believe it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to come together. , mr. trump: i call president obama and hillary clinton the founders of isis. they are the founders. president obama: whenever things are going badly for you and you lose and you start blaming somebody else, you don't have what it takes to be in this job. president-elect trump: mr. president, it was a great honor to be with you and i look for to being with you many, many times in the future. katty: campaigning is very different from governing. that brings this program to a close. you can find much more on the day's news on our website and the app as well. if you would like to reach me
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