President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is taking advice on his political appointees from the man he spent months railing against on the campaign trail: President Barack Obama. Trump said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” that he has sought the president’s advice on the candidates for various appointment-level positions and in at least one case so far, has acted on that advice.
“I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one,” Trump said. “I would say that, yes, I take his recommendations very seriously and there are some people that I will be appointing, and in one case have appointed, where he thought very highly of that person, yes.” The president-elect declined to say which of his appointees thus far have been endorsed by Obama, telling anchor Matt Lauer that to disclose such information would be unfair to the president.
Trump spoke warmly of the president, with whom he has spoken multiple times since winning the White House a month ago. His complimentary tone towards Obama marks a dramatic shift from the president-elect’s campaign rhetoric, which relied heavily at times on attacking Obama and his signature policies.