The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his vanquished rival Mitt Romney. This will be their first face-to-face encounter since the election.
Obama promised, in his victory speech on November 6th, to engage with Romney and consider his ideas.
The meeting comes as Obama and congressional Republicans negotiate a way out of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that have come to be known as the fiscal cliff.
Obama and Romney differed sharply during the campaign on how to revive the economy.
Obama called for higher taxes on the rich while Romney called for lower taxes on all.
The White House says the two men will meet in the White House's private dining room. There will be no press coverage.