WH Official: Biden in ‘Regular’ Communication with Obama for ‘Range of Issues’

WH Official: Biden in ‘Regular’ Communication with Obama for ‘Range of Issues’

Jen Psaki reveals Biden is getting advice from former president

Joe Biden is in “regular” contact with former President Barack Obama on a wide range of issues, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Psaki said during Monday’s White House press briefing:

REPORTER:

“President Obama is taking part, I think within the next hour, in an event with Protect Our Care, talking about the Affordable Care Act. Has — has he — the question is: Has he visited the White House yet?”

“Or, indeed, are there any — do you know how often he has spoken to President Biden? And are there any plans for him to take part in advocacy at administration events going forward?

PSAKI:

“Well, I will say, having a unique view of this question, they are not just — they were not just the President and Vice President; they are friends, and they consult and talk about a range of issues.

PSAKI:

“And, you know, I would expect that continues through the course of President Biden’s presidency.”

“That can be done over the phone, it turns out.

“And I don’t — I think if President Obama had been here, you would all know; he’s a recognizable figure.”

“But I expect, given former President Obama’s work on the Affordable Care Act, President Biden’s commitment to expanding access to healthcare throughout his presidency, that, you know, it’s an issue they’ll talk about.”

“But in terms of what he’ll be involved in, I would point you to his team. Eric Schultz — I can give you his phone number if you need it.”

REPORTER:

“Do you know how many times they’ve spoken since Inauguration Day?”

PSAKI:

“I don’t have an exact number for you.

“You know, they keep in regular touch, and our teams are in regular touch about a range of issues.”

Earlier this year, Obama praised Biden’s sweeping executive orders calling it a “time for boldness.”

Biden signed 17 executive orders within hours of entering the Oval Office, with 10 orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obama gushed about the executive orders on Twitter:

“This is a time for boldness, and President Biden is already delivering.”

“By rejoining the Paris climate accords on day one, he declared loudly and clearly that the U.S. will once again lead the fight against climate change,” Obama added.

“And this is only the beginning.”

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