Trump Calls Congress Members Directly


When President-elect Donald Trump wants to speak to a member of Congress, whether Republican or Democrat, he doesn’t hesitate or schedule meetings. He just picks up the phone and calls them.

President Obama, on the other hand, has been described as “distant and aloof” by Congressional members, with a no-drama leadership style.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) told the Washington Examiner, “There’s no secret — I never had much interaction with President Obama or his administration. It looks like President-elect Donald Trump is much more engaged — and he has no problem at all jumping on the phone with you.”

Manchin, a Democrat who had been a contender for Energy Secretary before Trump chose former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has met with Trump once in New York when under consideration for the cabinet post.

The incoming president also has phoned him two other times.

Manchin said, “You get a phone call and he says, ‘Hey Joe, this is Donald,’ and that’s how it goes. It’s a pretty big change. I think it’s a welcome change … I have almost spoken as much to him so far as I did in eight years with Obama. That tells you a lot right there.”

Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have similarly exchanged daily phone calls. Trump famously describing the top House GOP leader as a “fine wine” that he has come to appreciate over time.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office won’t get into the details about Ryan’s and Trump’s communication process but did say their boss and Trump speak “often.”

Back in December, McConnell said he and Trump have a “terrific relationship” and he praised the incoming president for his “very high-energy” approach when it comes to reaching out to lawmakers and filling his cabinet.

Regarding Trump’s approachability, McConnell said, “In talking to my colleagues on the floor last week, it was astonishing how many of them had been talking to him. He’s very, very accessible; very energetic. I wonder if the man ever sleeps. And I think we’re all excited about the energy and the direction that he seems to want to take the country.”

Cesar Conda, a former chief of staff to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) brought up that Obama’s lack of personal relationships on Capitol Hill “really hurt his second term legislative agenda.”

Conda said, “Trump calling members is a good thing. It really helps build personal relationships.”

H/T: Washington Examiner

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