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.
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