Report: Trump was unfamiliar with the scope of the president's job when meeting Obama

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President-elect Donald Trump celebrated his status as a Washington outsider during his campaign for the presidency.

But his lack of familiarity with the US government is coming into view as he transitions to the job in the White House.

During Trump's private meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, Trump "seemed surprised" by the scope of the president's responsibilities, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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Trump's aides were also apparently unaware that the entire staff of the president working in the White House's West Wing would need to be replaced, according to the Journal.

Obama reportedly will spend more time counseling Trump about the presidency than most presidents do with their successors.

Trump and Obama were highly critical of each other during the campaign season, but appear to have struck a conciliatory tone since Trump's election, at least publicly.

"I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed, because if you succeed then the country succeeds," Obama said to Trump in front of reporters on Thursday. Trump called Obama "a very good man" during the session.

Read the Wall Street Journal's full report here.

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