Trump: I Consulted Obama On My Appointments

Politico reports:

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.

  • bkmn

    The fever-swamp, a.k.a. Breitbart, will not be happy. Good.

  • Todd20036

    And then ignored him. Somehow I doubt he encouraged you to hire inexperienced, certifiably insane Nazis.

    • lymis

      There’s not a single person he’s nominated or appointed that I believe for a moment that Obama endorsed.

      • JCF

        Or that Obama would even CONSIDER.

  • Statistics Palin

    The Farce is strong in this one.

  • Zero credibility.

  • Oikos

    I don’t believe he has taken any of Obama’s advice seriously. Everything out of this orange shitgibbon’s piehole is a lie.

    • WitlessProtection

      Thanks for the chuckle.

    • deaconrta

      To paraphrase Mary McCarthy: “Every word [he utters] is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the'”

    • james1200

      This is the only way to influence the Orange Bag of Gas: being nice to him. Obama may be the smartest president we ever had and he knows Trump’s psychological weaknesses and he knows that kissing up to Trump and saying nice things about him publicly is how you win him over (Trump doesn’t care what you said in the past as long as you’re nice to him now. His parents really fucked him up.) I’m guessing Obama is going to be whispering in his ear over the next few years trying to negate the influence of the lunatics who are whispering in his other ear. Trump has no core beliefs so he can absolutely be won over on some issues.

    • bill weber

      In case you bots haven’t noticed, Obama likes Goldman Sachs guys a lot, too.

    • Xiao Ai

      As I mentioned before, making yourself out to be unbelievable is a dangerous precedent to set. He’ll own it.

      • Librarykid

        I can’t wait for Obama to come out and say that he has not spoken to the man since that White House visit. “Lyin’ fool is crazy.”

        • bill weber

          I expect Obama has some interest in making sure his daughters reach adulthood by living through the next 4 years, along with the rest of us.

    • Librarykid

      IF Obama advised him, Obama waved him out of the White House saying “So Long, Sucker.”

    • Michael Abbett

      I think by saying he consulted with Obama that he thinks he’s secured a way of deflecting the blame when all of his appointments fail. And fail they will. Miserably, bigly and in some cases criminally.

      • Uncle Mark

        Except that I doubt that that this excuse will work, since his voters HATE Obama. I think it is more likely that Obama gave the Orange Shitgibbon advice, and that much of it is being ignored. I am more inclined to believe that the giant man-baby is thinking that his lies are somehow placating the larger half of the country that didn’t vote for this con-man.

        I do hope that Obama did screw with Trump’s head about the treachery of the Republican Party.

  • David F.

    For the elder gays who remember Tom & Jerry:

  • olandp

    Yeah, I believe that.

    Oh look! A flying pig!

  • lukefromcanada
  • dcurlee


  • notice how it’s “the president-elect” but just “Obama,” not even a Mr. or “the actual fucking president for at least a few more weeks thank dog!”

    meh. i don’t think either the media nor hair boi himself realize how fast people are going to burn out on him. faster than i would’ve guessed, even. while the numbers leading up to the election may have had ever TV snooze show producer dreaming in dollar signs for the next four years, (and i know it’s purely anecdotal but i trust my own gut) seems to me a lot of people are just turning it off, with many not even planning to watch the inaugural “festivities.” drumpf has the touch of poop, in case we’d all forgotten that *fact.* it won’t be any different when it comes to media outlets that give him too much coverage for short term gains.

    this shit gets boring and tired really fast, when there is no over-arching question like “will he really win?” hanging over it. now it’s just flip flopping, inconsistent, attention whoring, and people will be looking for a funnier newer clown before the buybull he swears in on is even cold.

    • Jeffg166

      I refer to him as that asshole and will for the next four years and the rest of his life or mine.

      • lymis

        I won’t be capitalizing the word “president” with regards Trump.

        • unclemike

          I’m getting fond of the phrase “resident Trump.”

          • WICKET99

            resident rump

        • RoFaWh

          How about “not-my-President Drumpf”?

      • I use Cinnamon Emperor mostly. His name does not deserve to be spoken aloud or even written for that matter.

        • thatotherjean

          I kind of like Donald of Orange, since he seems to think that being elected President means that he’s King of the World.

        • ColdCountry

          Who was it came up with Marmalade Messiah?

      • Librarykid

        and when he’s speaking, he’s a farting asshole.

      • Niblet58

        I call it the thing. Strange but every one knows exactly what I am talking about when I do…

      • Uncle Mark

        Oh, why limit yourself to just one name for the orange shitgibbon? No matter what you call IT, we’ll know what you’re talking about

      • JCF

        To me, he’s “PopularVoteLOSER Drumpf” (you can just call him “LOSER” for short!).

    • lymis

      I’m not going to defend the media at this point, much less Politico, but in the quoted article, the first time they mention Trump, they call him “president-elect” and the first time they mention Obama, they call him “President Barack Obama.” Then they shift to just surnames for both for the rest of the article.

      • bill weber

        Insufficient worship for the guy who put Chelsea Manning in prison.

      • Cousin Bleh

        Wait, you expect people to click and read the entire article? That’s asking so much!

    • Moonbeam_Song

      I’ve already noticed how quickly I turn off a tv station whenever he comes on or they do a story about him.

      • I reached that point with Bush after a few years. The second he came on the TV, it got turned off. Couldn’t stand to hear his voice or see his face. With Trump it started after he won the republican primary.

        • Uncle Mark

          I must admit that Trump has vastly improved my dart game, thanks to my homemade Resident-Elect dart board

          • Considering that Glorious Leader will no doubt require his visage be hung in every home and public space, you’re ahead of the game!

          • Uncle Mark

            It also serves as a warning to my Trump-loving brother-in-laws that pro-Trump talk will likely lead to immediate and accurate face piercings

    • Trump will not be a “president.” He will be the “White House Occupier” or WHO, just as George W, Bush was during his first term (though, since Bush managed to eke out a “real” victory in 2004 (the result of the vicious and false “Swiftboat” attacks made against John Kerry), and thus was entitled to the title of “President” for his second term.

      The proper reference on January 20th, assuming the Electoral College disappoints me as expected, will be WHO Trump.

  • Mark

    Well how mighty white of you, asshole.

  • Dutchlander

    Trump lies. All the effing time.

  • Cackalaquiano

    If he consulted with Obama, it was apparently only to choose the characters he least endorsed.

  • another_steve

    I was there. An exact transcript of President Obama’s words to Trump:

    “You mother-fuckin’ pussy-grabbin’ bigot. Get your Breitbart ass out of here, you serial sexual predator, or I’ll have the Secret Service physically remove you.”

  • mikeinrkfd

    Is this more of that fake news we keep hearing about?

  • GayOldLady
    • marshlc

      Not surprised. His shtick is gonna get really old even for his supporters, except for the core crowd of crazies. People go to a rally once, in the fever of the playoffs. But once into the regular season, it soon becomes “what have you done for me lately?”

      • Uncle Mark

        Exactly. I can already start hearing the choruses come spring: “You promised me that I would be winning bigly and would get tired of winning so much. When do we win anything?!!”

    • The Return of Traxley

      I expect a YUUUGE crowd here Friday night. They’re busy ironing their brightest white sheets and confederate flags.

  • Gigi

    “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.” Who, Ben Carson?

  • hdtex

    I call BULLSHIT

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      It smells like the dung pile at a cattle farm.

  • PickyPecker
    • Ken Berry

      This is a big step forward in what has been a thirty-year slow-motion coup. The neoconservative Project for a New American Century is illustrative of the plutocratic mindset that is steadily turning us non-billionaires into peasants. America rose to world power due to a great accumulation of wealth, acquired through monopolistic kleptomaniacs and slave-owners. They never got over the imposition of the income tax in 1913. Their descendants (the ones not dead from booze and drugs) have been pissed off ever since. The Conservative movement wants to replicate the conditions that led to this massive accumulation of wealth by building the better plutocrats. There’s no real possibility of reinstating slavery, so they have turned people of color into a profit center by denying them a decent education, eroding their right to vote, criminalising their everyday activities and basically treating them as cannon fodder or grist for the prison-industrial complex. Call me Tin-Hat Tessie, but I’d put money on the fact that there are discreet discussions on how-tos at Davos. They’re getting braver and more brazen.

  • Dagoril

    Let me guess. Virginia Foxx was Obama’s idea.

    Thanks, Obama!


  • Elsewhere1010

    And now he has someone to blame for those appointments that go pear shaped.

  • Michael R

    He has a lot of black friends .

    • Sam_Handwich
    • The Return of Traxley

      Best friend to the gays!

      Which is why he’s picked all the homophobes for all the cabinet posts.

      • Michael R

        Thanks Obama !

  • Ernest Endevor

    Of course you did, darling. And I am Marie of Romania.

    • PickyPecker

      Your highness, so good to see your imperial self this morning. 🙂

      • Ernest Endevor

        You may rise from your semi-recumbent posture.

    • RoFaWh

      As someone once put it in a Usenet newsgroup (remember those?), Queen Marie of Romania is one of history’s great nut cases.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I just love the Dorothy Parker rhyme.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Proven liar and con man says what? (Besides, a narcissist will interpret any form of nonresistance as “agreement.”)

  • Acronym Jim

    I’m sure he consulted with Obama in order to make his decisions.

    “So, I’m thinking Mike Flynn as Chief Security Advisor.”

    “That’s probably not the best choice. He was famous for being very difficult to work with when he was at the DIA.”

    “Mmm-hmm” *makes a note – Flynn’s in*

    “How about ‘mad-dog Mattis’ to head up the Defense Department?”

    “You would probably get too much flak from the army and navy generals. He is not popular with them.”

    “Mmm-hmmm” *makes a note – mad-dog it is.*

    “As for head of Veteran’s Affairs, what do you think of Sarah Palin?”

    “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! You’ve got a great sense of humor, Donald. *snerk* I’ll be laughing about that one for days.”

    “Yeah, I’ve got the best and biglyest sense of humor. Ivanka tells me that all the time.”

    • The Return of Traxley


      He asked Obama for his opinion on his potential picks and then went a full 180 on them.

      • KarenAtFOH

        DT: “I’m considering Sessions for a position…”
        O: “You’ve got to be out of your fucking mind!”
        DT: “Appreciate the consult, n——-”
        O: “Get him out of here!”

    • Ted.OR

      I’m guessing his “consultation” was more along the lines:

      “How many Secretaries do I get? Do they take dictation? Can they tweet for me?”

      “Does the Secretary of State mean for all 50 states?”

      “Is there a Secretary of Money?”

      “Which Cabinet position do we store the dishes in?”

      “When I tell the Secretary of Military to bomb some place, does he have to do it right away?”

      “How many do I get to fire each week?”

      “Do I really have to read the Constitution?”

      • ColdCountry

        “Which Cabinet position do we store the dishes in?”

        *coffee. up. nose*

      • TrollopeReader

        pretty much accurate!

  • Ninja0980

    If the snowball chance in hell this is true, let’s hope he does that on SCOTUS and other judges as well.

  • Jeffg166

    I totally believe him and the checks in the mail.

  • Gil

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, All the TeeVee networks stop reporting from the front of the Trump Tower ! I’m SICK of that location and his businesses should not be getting free publicity…God help us..

    • KarenAtFOH

      That’s all they’ve ever given him. Why stop now? They give him air time, he gives them ratings. God bless America!

  • Treant

    Dude, if so, Obama is trolling you badly. And you’re eating it all right up.

    But I doubt it strongly. Or Obama is simply saying, “Whatever, Donald,” when you mention somebody and you, in your narcissistic haze, think that’s high praise.

  • PickyPecker
  • Bluto

    I hope President Obama calls out cheetolini’s bull fucking shit.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I wonder if this will create more trumpgreets on Twitter.

    • kevin vincent

      I think that he is desperate ti force Obama to babysit his ass for 4 year so mark my words Obana will probably have him by the balls most of the time

  • ArchiLaw

    If true–and I doubt it– how does President Obama resist the urge to say, “Donald, you wanted this thing. You did whatever it took to get this thing. They’re your decisions. You can’t keep calling me over you insecurities. Grow up! “

    • Bob Conti

      My guess is that the current POTUS won’t be leaving Hair Furor a forwarding number.

  • EweTaw

    “Dear President Obama, do you have any advice for putting together a Presidency? I’m asking for a friend.

    Your’s bigley,

    D.J. Trump”

    • hahahahahaaa! Love it!!!

  • Why the hell do the networks persist in using a photo of Cheetolini that is from the ’80s?

    Oh, and like we believe Obama approved of your picks, like we believe Putin is a tender puff pastry who wouldn’t and hasn’t EVER hurt anyone.

  • Mark McGovern

    There really is absolutely no way of knowing how this is going to go, is there? These people that he is appointing now that we all hate could be fired just as quickly as he hires them, and replaced with God knows whom; for better or worse.

    I wonder who will be the first Cabinet Member to be fired by Tweet? That will be one for the history books.

    • TrollopeReader

      how will they save that in the National Archives? Does the NA have to buy a Way Back Machine?

    • RoFaWh

      I’m waiting for the day Drumpf cries “You’re fired” and the object of his wrath replies “You can’t fire me; only the Civil Service Commission can do that. So fuck you, asshole.” And then spills a bowl of soup on the Cheeto’s head, permanently staining the fake hair that adorns it.

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m guessing Chao. She’s the only adult at the table.

    • thatotherjean

      Her judgment can’t be any better than the rest of them—she married Mitch McTurtle.

  • TrollopeReader

    In the interest of “fake news” … one of the click-ads on JMG has “Michael Jordan : “I Can’t Even Afford a Cheeseburger” … i hardly think that is the case??

  • TimJ

    Nope, not buying it.

  • RealityBass

    He is so full of shit, and Obama is too classy to call him a liar publicly.

  • DaveMiller135

    Either he’s not taking enough of Obama’s advice, or Obama is working all fronts to secure his legacy as a good President.

  • Everything that pours out of Cheetolini’s mouth is a lie. I don’t think he could tell the truth about ANYTHING if his life depended on it. Add mythomania to Trump’s long list of mental illnesses.

  • Talisman

    Sure, just like I consulted Jesus about my last bowel movement.

    • TrollopeReader

      changing wine to pee again??

  • I can’t see how *any* of Trump’s picks so far would’ve been “recommended” by Obama.

  • safari

    Donald: “How am I doing?”
    Obama: “Terrible.”
    Donald to media: “I consulted.”

  • Megrim Twist

    Pathological liar. Every. Single. Word.

    • RoFaWh

      It’s only remarkable when he actually tells the truth. Which happens very rarely.

  • Mike in Texas

    Taken with a YOOOGE grain of salt.

    • safari

      And a large fry.

    • Mikey

      I say just dismiss anything that comes from tRump.
      The amount of salt in the collective grains required is so high as to be perilous to a healthy blood pressure.

  • sonoitabear

    tRUMPski-crushing denial by White House in 4..3..2..

  • ColdCountry

    Sure, Jan.

  • Secure

    Huh? He was calling Obama “the founder of ISIS” a few months ago.

  • justme

    Hey Obama
    I want this in every govt building in Washington..I have cargo boxes full and will sell it cheap.. What do you think

    • Crow on a Top Hat

      I feel so violated.

  • thatotherjean

    Why do I think this will turn out to be about as true as Trump’s blathering about a “4 billion dollar cost overrun” on a three-week-old contract for Air Force One? A name or two might have come up in Trump’s conversations with Obama, but there’s no way Obama endorsed any of Trump’s choices. Just another pants-on-fire lie to shore up his ego.

    • Gianni

      Yeah, Trump made it sound as if the planes are already in production and he’s the frugal one. The current presidential planes are about 30 years old. They will be replaced regardless of Trump’s frugal-sounding grandstanding.

      • RoFaWh

        I suspect that if Drumpf tries to use his own plane, the Secret Service will inform him that it is highly insecure and he is required to use Air Force One for his travels.

        Drumpf may discover that being president involves living in something of a gilded cage.

        • Gianni

          He won’t be allowed to use his own plane. Totally insecure for the President.

  • Matt

    That is not a true statement whatsoever. Either he NEVER asked at all, or any advice given was 100% ignored. Obama would not recommend a single person Trump has chosen or floated as an option.

    • Friday

      Of course, ‘advice’ doesn’t necessarily mean actual approval or necessarily even a particular name. One of the big differences between Obama and Righties is he’s actually capable of putting himself in someone else’s shoes.

    • Gianni

      In complete agreement. Trump is a known liar, but more to the point, Obama would not do that.

  • Will Parkinson

    I call bullshit. Unless Obama gave advice, and Trump went the polar opposite direction.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Step one, Drain swamp.
    Step two, Refill swamp with even worse creatures.
    I give Obama credit for what he’s done. It’s what he’s not done or even tried that I find reprehensible!

  • Friday

    Transparently, trying to spread the blame around for his own actions. And you can bet any ‘acting on Obama’s advice in one case’ constituted the ‘action’ of …considering someone reasonably sane. At a guess, maybe the Romney thing or Nikki Haley thing.

    • Gianni

      You may have a point. Knowing Trump’s need to scatter the blame, he may be looking ahead to the day one or more of his choices fucks up and needs to be canned. How could Donald bear the blame for choosing a screw-up? Putting this “Obama’s advice” thing out there, would give him an out. He could easily reveal that he should have never taken advice from that failure that was our former President.

      • Friday

        Yeah, something like that. Or count on the “Alt-Right” (fascist) “Post-Truth” (liars) to imagine every single thing one of these assholes screws up makes them ‘The One Obama Picked” for the day.

        • Gianni

          😀 Right! They’ll all be pointing the finger at each other.

  • Gianni

    More bullshit from the master of it. I can’t imaging Trump even considering asking for such advice. He barely takes any from his own campaign advisors. Trump humbling himself to Obama and literally admitting that he needs help from the soon-to-be former President in making selections for his own cabinet? That’s not the Trump we’ve all been seeing and hearing.

    • Gianni

      Additionally, I can’t picture Obama giving such advice.

    • RoFaWh

      Drumpf is a pathological egotist who thinks, inter alia, that he has the best genes.

      Really? And those genes produced a couple of buck-toothed horrors of sons?

  • DesertSun59

    Lies. We already know that that is not what he’s doing.

  • SDG

    A number of scenarios are possible.
    1. He asked Obama, and ignored him.
    2. He dreamed he asked Obama (Trump, lie, no!).
    3. He asked Obama, who would be the worst people for the job, and he chose those people.

  • Sounds like the plot for a John Hughes movie: The bully spends the semester beating up the nerds and then expects them to tutor him for the big test. DT’s story also sounds completely made up like a John Hughes movie.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • boobert

    Give me a f—–G break!

  • Barry William Teske

    Not to be trusted.
    Doublespeak is not Presidential behaviour.
    Festering with HATE groups tends to make the tandem lying worse.
    So to review: Do Not Trust!

  • RoFaWh

    Drumpf is a chronic liar so presuming that this claim is just another one of his spontaneous lies is probably the best tactic.

  • charemor

    Yeah, Donald. Sure, Donald. Whatever you say, Donald. We believe you.

  • Richard

    This from a guy that lies all the time….. the only way i would believe it is if Obama confirmed it, which I don’t thing will happen….


    Suuuuuuurrrre he did.

  • Tom Ato

    Apparently drumpf mixed up the “never appoint these people” and the “these are people who are qualified and would be good for the country” lists.

  • infmom

    Sure. And the harder Obama laughs, the more likely that person gets the job.

  • Ken Berry

    So, we muddy the waters further. Which picks? Who knows? “How can you idiot liberals object to my deplorable picks when OBAMA agrees with me on some unspecified wanker.” Which is a lie. Please, President Obama, don’t let him get away with this. I know you respect the rule of law, and the peaceful transfer of power which is the hallmark of our republic, but this is literally a coup. Unless we are very, VERY careful, Trump’s replacement, whether after impeachment or if he lasts the full four years, will be worse. The plutocrats will have further eroded tradition and will have had four years to find someone smarter, yet just as evil. CALL HIM OUT. Release everything you can while we still have some hope of keeping our nation alive.

  • Stubenville

    Was President Obama too stunned to reply? That seems to only plausible scenario.

  • Really? When his entire team is going to undo all President Obama’s work? What a shocking lie.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    And we believe him because he is so credible: he always and only speaks the truth. (Do I really need to tag this as sarcasm?)

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    Trump says he listened to President Obama about nominations. Trump’s gonna spin that to say that President Obama gave him bad advice. If Trump had consulted with the REAL President, he would have made better choices. Sorry, Cheeto, you didn’t consult and yer on your own here.