First lady Michelle Obama will also meet privately with Trump's wife, Melania, in the White House residence. On Wednesday, Obama said that despite his major differences with the New York real estate magnate, he would follow the lead of former Republican President George W. Bush in 2008 and ensure a smooth handover to Trump. "Eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences, but President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition," Obama said. "So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set." Trump spent Wednesday focusing on that transition during meetings with his staff at Trump Tower in New York.