President Obama chose to communicate in a relatively old-fashioned way this week after Donald Trump used Twitter to indicate relations between the two men had gone south. "Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!" was Donald Trump's Wednesday morning tweet, perhaps referencing either the US' abstention in a recent UN vote about Israeli settlements or Obama's comments at Pearl Harbor about not demonizing others. Bloomberg reports that after Trump's tweet, Obama called Trump on the phone, with White House spokesman Eric Schultz noting the call, "like the others since the election, was positive and focused on continuing a smooth and effective transition." Schultz added the men agreed to "[stay] in touch" and work together up through the inauguration.
The call apparently worked, at least in the short term, as Politico reports Trump's tune softened after what Trump describes as a "very nice conversation." "Appreciated that he called," the president-elect told pool reporters, adding later to reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida that "I actually thought we covered a lot of territory," that his and Obama's staffs are getting along "very well," and how they resolved issues that no one else will ever be privy to because "we're never going to be going against each other in that way." When he was specifically asked how the transition was going in the wake of his latest tweet, Trump responded, "Oh, I think very, very smoothly. Very good. You don't think so?" (One of the two is the most admired man of the year.)