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Biden and Obama keep in touch regularly about a 'range of issues,' Psaki says

Biden and Obama keep in touch regularly about a 'range of issues,' Psaki says
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White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Five states have yet to administer one dose of vaccine to half their populations MORE said that President BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE and former President Obama consult and still keep in touch regularly about a “range of issues.”

During a press briefing on Monday, Psaki was pressed by a reporter about Biden’s relationship with his former boss, and asked if Obama has visited the White House since January. 

In response, Psaki said the two remain “friends” and that “they consult and talk about a range of issues,” something she added she expects will continue “through the course of President Biden’s presidency.” 

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“That can be done over the phone, it turns out, and I think if President Obama had been here, you would all know,” she also said. 

Psaki said she expects the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be among the issues the two would discuss.

Her remarks came as Obama was slated to commemorate the 11th anniversary of his health care initiative during a virtual Protect Our Care event on Monday.

During the event, Obama tied the initiative to Biden’s push to further expand access to health care, saying, “We’ve still got more work to do.” He also lauded Biden’s American Rescue Plan for providing an additional 1.3 million people with access to health care.

“That's what the American Rescue Plan has now done, building on the success we had in 2009 and 2010, slowly consolidating, protecting, and now building and making even better the kind of health care that we need,” Obama said. 

On Monday, Psaki added that while she couldn't comment on Obama and Biden's discussions further, the president and his former boss “keep in regular touch” and said their teams are also “in regular touch about a range of issues.”

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Obama, who left office with a high approval rating and continues to be popular among the Democratic Party, was one of Biden’s most prominent surrogates during his campaign last year.

Biden has also tapped a number of former Obama-era appointees to serve at the helm of some its government agencies, including at the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and the Energy Department.

Seth Harris, who previously served as acting Labor secretary under Obama, was also recently tapped by the Biden White House to serve as labor adviser under the new administration.