Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey that her door is open to incoming first lady Melania Trump.

By Will Robinson
December 20, 2016 at 07:32 AM EST
Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon

The country may be divided over Donald Trump’s election victory, but Michelle Obama says her door is open to incoming first lady Melania Trump.

Obama chatted with Oprah Winfrey for a CBS/OWN program titled Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special. At one moment, Winfrey asked the current FLOTUS if she relayed an advice to Melania, wife of President-elect Donald Trump.

“My offer to Melania was… you really don’t know what you don’t know until you’re here. The door is open, as I’ve told her, and as Laura Bush told me, and as other first ladies told me,” Obama said. “I’m not new in this ‘going high’ thing. I’m modeling what was done for me by the Bushes. Laura Bush was nothing but gracious and helpful, and her team was right there for my team all throughout this entire eight-year process.”

Winfrey followed up to ask if Obama’s team was actively helping Trump’s. “We will do whatever they need to help them succeed,” she replied. “That’s one of the things that I said to Melania: ‘When you get to a place to digest all this and you have questions’ — because you don’t have questions the day after the election. It’s just sort of like you’re looking around the house and, ‘What do you want to know?’ I don’t know what I should know, and I knew that. My door is open, and that was really the nature of the meeting.”

See the clip below. The special airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. An encore presentation will air Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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