President Donald Trump, five months ago, bid farewell to Barack Obama, shuttling his predecessor into post-White House life got smaller and smaller. Right from that time, they have not seen or spoken to each other.
For a President seeking extensive counsel from outside the White House call business executives, old friends and even repressive foreign leaders. Trump has forgone advice or guidance largely from the men who held his job previously.
Trump and Obama carried out a calm handoff of power; while the two did not develop any sort of working relationship, say White House advisers and former administration officials.
They have not spoken over the phone, to the best of the knowledge of their aides. Neither of them has made any attempt to reconcile after Trump accused Obama of wiretaps at his skyscraper in New York.
Perhaps the outcome for two men with a long and bitter history is predictable; the ice-out is due to the enmity deep-rooted extending well beyond differences in style or policy.
But in the recent history, it’s exceptional for a sitting president and his predecessor to avoid even the faintest of ties.
“I do not think they have a relationship,” said Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who served during his first years in office. “President Obama did that he could to assist during the transition but, there were intervening events.”
It was not frosty always. After Trump’s victory, Obama made effort to help his successor into place, despite personal animosity. They spoke for over an hour in the Oval Office, and Trump declared they developed “warm” ties.
Once Trump was installed in office, things became sour, culminating in Trump’s tweets accusing Obama of ordering surveillance of Trump Tower.