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Photo of White House Staff Listening to Obama Misidentified as Reaction to Trump

© AP Photo / Susan WalshReality Check: This Is Not a Photo of White House Staffers as Trump Arrived on Thursday
Reality Check: This Is Not a Photo of White House Staffers as Trump Arrived on Thursday - Sputnik International
A photo of an upset-looking White House staff is circulating among gullible Democrats on Twitter, who claim that it is a photo of the staffers witnessing Donald Trump’s visit on Thursday -- except that it isn’t.

The photo appears to have been first misleadingly shared by a woman named Emma Kennedy, from London. “We are all the White House staff watching Obama welcome Trump as next president,” she tweeted with Wednesday’s photo.

After her tweet went viral, many other users began using the photo for their own tweets, describing it as a photo of a sad White House staff watching President Obama welcome Trump for their meeting on Thursday.

The photo was actually taken when President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden the day before, congratulating Trump on winning the election. Trump was not present at the White House for that particular event.

Viral claims about the photo were quickly debunked by Politico’s senior White House reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere, who was present for the meeting between Trump and Obama.

The meeting is said to have gone well, and Trump called Obama a “very good man” at its conclusion.

Despite jabs thrown as he was on the campaign trail for Trump’s former opponent, President Obama told the president-elect that he wants him to succeed and will do everything he can to ensure a smooth transition of power.

"If you succeed, the country succeeds," Obama said.

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