Trump 'awed' at what Obama told him he would have to handle as president

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A new profile on Barack Obama gives more detail on Donald Trump's apparent lack of familiarity with the scope of the presidency.

During Trump's private meeting with Obama last week, the president-elect reportedly was surprised by the wide range of the president's job, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Bound for the rigors of business school in the future, Donald Trump received discipline at an early age by attending a military academy. There, he reportedly excelled in extracurricular activities such as being the Honor Cadet.

Donald Trump in the New York Military Academy's 1964 yearbook

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Trump also enjoys tennis — he even played a round, wearing his traditional suit, against the legendary Serena Williams.

Developer Donald Trump talks with his former wife Ivana Trump during the men's final at the U.S. Open September 7, 1997. REUTERS/File Photo 

Being the entertaining host, Trump also spared no expense in providing a spectacular show for friends and family.

 Developer and multi-millionaire Donald Trump (R) watches as ex-wife Marla Maples gets a kiss from Earl Sinclair of TV's 'Dinosaurs' during lunch at the Trump Plaza Hotel November 2, 1992. REUTERS/Henry Ray Abrams

As a self-proclaimed family man, Trump attended many public events and television shows with his family, even before his current campaign.

 Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on August 30, 1991 at Flushing Meadows Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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Trump first started showing signs of interest for a possible bid for the US presidency with the formation of a presidential exploratory committee ahead of the 2000 election.

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump (R) talks with host Larry King after taping a segment of King's CNN talk show, in New York October 7. Reuters

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In 2005, Donald Trump married fashion designer and model Melania Trump.

Real estate magnate Donald Trump (L) and Melania Trump leave Hollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003.

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As no stranger to the political process, Donald Trump was even acquainted with members of the judicial branch.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (L), serving as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, speaks to Donald Trump  on the starting grid at the Daytona International Speedway February 14. JLS/ELD

Trump famously launched his presidential campaign in June 2015 by coming down an escalator in Trump Tower. Since then, he has weathered waves of controversy to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

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Trump made his final appeal to voters in swing-states as the contentious campaign drew to a close.

 Donald Trump speaks at a rally at SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH, on Nov. 7, 2016, the night before election day. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

President-elect Trump at his election night party at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during his election night event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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The New Yorker editor David Remnick described some of the topics the two covered, as explained to him by some of Obama's staff members:

"Obama told staff members that he had talked Trump through the rudiments of forming a cabinet and policies, including the Iran nuclear deal, counter-terrorism policy, health care — and that the President-elect's grasp of such matters was, as the debates had made plain, modest at best. Trump, despite his habitual bluster, seemed awed by what he was being told and about to encounter."

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Despite Trump's apparent "loose grasp of policy," Obama and his team made sure to respect the traditional decorum displayed during a presidential transition — in part to preserve a shot at influencing Trump in the future, Remnick explained.

White House Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough also painted a less-than-rosy picture of the Trump transition effort. On the day after Election Day, he had chatted with the person Trump sent to learn how to staff and run the White House — Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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1988: Donald Trump is widely publicized as saying the world is 'laughing at America's politicians' but, ultimately, did not begin a campaign

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New York developer and potential Reform Party presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and Minnesota Govenor Jesse Ventura (R) take questions at a news conference after Trump gave a speech at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon 07 January 2000 in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. (Photo credit should read CRAIG LASSIG/AFP/Getty Images)

2004: Trump stated he was "very seriously" considering a bid for the White House.

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2008: Trump said he would not run for Governor of New York, but a source close to the businessman said he was "definitely interested in running for president."

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Businessman and possible Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Expo luncheon in Nashua, New Hampshire May 11, 2011. (Photo via REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Donald Trump (C) announces his endorsement of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney (R) with wife Ann (L) at Trump International Hotel & Tower February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the February 4 Nevada caucus. (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Everything's great!" McDonough told The New Yorker, evidently with a struggle:

"He clenched his teeth and grinned harder in self-mockery. McDonough is the picture of rectitude: the ramrod posture, the trimmed white hair, the ashen mien of a bishop who has missed two meals in a row. "I guess if you keep repeating it, it's like a mantra, and it will be O.K. 'Everything will be O.K., everything will be O.K.'"

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