White House Press Secertary Jen Psaki said during a press conference that President Joe Biden and his policy teams have been in “regular touch” with former President Barack Obama on a “wide range of issues.”
A reporter asked Psaki if and how frequently Biden has consulted with Obama since entering office. Psaki said Biden and Obama are close friends and they have spoken over the phone several times.
She also said that Biden will continue to consult with Obama on healthcare issues as he works to improve on the Affordable Care Act.
“I expect given former President Obama’s work on the Affordable Care Act and President Biden’s commitment to expanding access to healthcare throughout his presidency that, yeah it’s an issue they’ll talk about,” Psaki said.
The reporter then asked how many times Biden and Obama have spoken since Biden’s inauguration.
“I don’t have an exact number for you,” Psaki said. “They keep in regular touch and our teams are in regular touch about a range of issues.”
Before Biden entered office, Obama said former President Donald Trump did “serious damage” to parts of his administration’s policy achievements.
“I have paid attention to those areas where what the Trump administration attempted to do did some serious damage and where it’s more of a short-term setback on what is a long-term success,” Obama said.
He also said that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris now have the opportunity to fix the damage and then “pick up where we left off and keep on going.”
Obama met with healthcare officials on Monday to mark the 11th anniversary of the passage of his Affordable Care Act.