Picture emerges from Melania Trump and Michelle Obama meeting

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama meet at the White House (Chuck Kennedy/The White House)
Melania Trump and Michelle Obama meet at the White House (Chuck Kennedy/The White House)

While the eyes of the world may have been on the first White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Donald Trump today, an equally important handover was happening just down the hall. 

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted her soon-to-be successor for a tour of the White House and tea in the Yellow Oval Room.

A photo released by the White House today shows the two women speaking in adjoining chairs, in Melania Trump's new residence.

"The First Lady was pleased to extend that courtesy to Mrs Trump and enjoyed the opportunity that she had to visit with her today," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told The Daily Mail.

He said they discussed all aspects of the role as first lady, including "the unique demands of raising a family in the White House".

"Obviously the First Lady's two daughters spent the formative years of their childhood at the White House and Mrs Trump's son will also spend some important years of his childhood here," he said.

Melania Trump's ten-year-old son Barron will be the first boy to grow up in the White House since John F Kennedy Jr.  Michelle Obama's oldest daughter Malia was also ten when Obama was elected president in 2008. Sasha Obama was 7.

"That's a rather unique childhood, and the two women had an opportunity to talk about that experience and being a good parent through that experience," Mr Earnest said.

"After their tour concluded, the first lady and Mrs Trump walked over to the Oval Office and the two couples visited again before they departed."