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Trump Has Not Spoken to Obama Since He Took Office. Here's Why That's Weird

Harriet Sinclair

President Donald Trump and Barack Obama have not spoken since the former president handed over the keys to the White House to the incoming commander-in-chief.

In an unusual move, the pair have failed to hold the traditional phone calls or sit-downs that the current president and former POTUS usually do. Obama and Trump have not uttered a single word to one another in a year, CNN reported on Thursday.

In contrast, former president Barack Obama spoke with his predecessor George W. Bush in 2009 to ask for the Republican’s take on withdrawing some troops from Iraq, and Bush said publicly that he would be available for Obama if he needed help.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump for tea before the inauguration at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 20. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

“If he wants my help he can pick up the phone," Bush said during a speech in Calgary in March 2009, reported by The Guardian.

"I want the president to succeed. I love my country a lot more than I love politics. I'm not going to spend my time criticizing. There are plenty of critics in that arena,” he added, refusing to criticize Obama at the time.

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The relationship between Trump and Obama has not gone as smoothly, however. The president has not shied away for continuing to slam Obama’s decisions since the 44th POTUS left office, while for his part, Obama has made it clear he is unimpressed with some of Trump’s decisions, including his move to scrap the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Indeed, the frosty atmosphere between Trump and Obama goes back such a long way that it was unlikely the pair would ever assume a friendly relationship. Trump was one of the initial voices of the racist so-called “birther” movement that falsely suggested Obama was not born in the United States.

Obama took the opportunity to hit out at the businessman during a White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011, when he aired a scene from Disney’s The Lion King and joked that it was his birth video.

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He roasted Trump, who was in attendance and appeared to be unhappy about being the butt of the joke, commenting: “No one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. That's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

Obama did, however, leave Trump the traditional note in the Oval Office welcoming him to the new role. But that appears to have been the end of the short-lived relationship between them.

This article was first written by Newsweek

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