Which is correct in the following?

I am invited to meet the president.

I am invited to meet with the president.


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Both are correct. But there is still a nuance of meaning.

I am invited to meet with the president. ( I have a meeting with the president) - the verb meet is intransitive(without object);

Whereas in your first sentence: the verb "meet" is transitive(with object). ( most likely to mean = be in someone's presence );

Given that you are using the noun "president" and that word combination seems quite a bit more common to me, I would use "to meet with someone".

for instance

She and I have decided to meet up(also intransitive) later.

This brings us to the conclusion that some verbs in English can be both intransitive and transitive with little or no difference in meaning at all.

Also, here are some stats from Ngrams:

Meet the president vs meet with the president

According to ngrams, "to meet the president" is used slightly more often.

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    Personally I feel like meet with has more of a sense that you're both getting together to do something important - having a meeting with a purpose. Whereas meet on its own can just mean a social encounter, or something ceremonial or done for publicity. But it depends on who's speaking and how they normally phrase things. Sep 16, 2020 at 12:29
  • @cactustictacs Well yeah. I can't deny that. I guess I was clear enough.
    – Alex TheBN
    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:31
  • “Meet with” is currently controversial (except in sentences like “I expect this proposal to meet with some opposition”). It’s now in common usage, but you won’t find it in most dictionaries. “Meet” in this sense has historically been a transitive verb that doesn’t take a preposition. To express your nuance, you would say “I am invited to have a meeting with the President.”
    – Mike Scott
    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:32
  • Some dictionaries even say that "meet with" is chiefly American.....
    – Alex TheBN
    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:43
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    Oh I wasn't criticising your answer or anything! Just adding some thoughts, and pointing out that it's been in use here for a while too, so I don't know how "controversial" it is (that was responding to what Mike said, I guess I should have used the @ huh) Sep 16, 2020 at 15:18

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