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Trump Says He Consults Obama About Cabinet Picks

| by Ray Brown

President-elect Donald Trump said that he has been consulting President Barack Obama about who to appoint to his cabinet.

“I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one,” Trump told NBC's “Today” show, according to Politico. “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.”

But Trump wouldn't give details about the conversations, including whether Obama has approved or privately endorsed any of the president-elect's picks.

"I will say this, I've now gotten to know President Obama. I really like him. We have — I think, I can say at least for myself, I can't speak for him, but we have a really good chemistry together. We talk,” Trump said. “He loves the country. He wants to do right by the country and for the country. And I will tell you, we obviously very much disagree on certain policies and certain things, but, you know, I really like him as a person.”

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Trump continued: “I’ve asked him what he thinks are the biggest problems of the country, what are some of the greatest assets going forward. And we have a very good dialogue. And I must tell you, I never met him before this and never spoke to him before this. I really, I do like him. I love getting his ideas. And I may differ in many cases. I differ very greatly in many cases.”

While Obama has not publicly spoken about Trump's cabinet picks thus far, Vice President Joe Biden gave his thoughts on the matter in an interview with Stephen Colbert of “The Late Show” and said some of them have been “solid.”

"If you look at the people that Donald Trump has named so far, some give me great pause. There's other people he's appointed in the administration that are very solid," Biden said, according to CNN. "So it's just - I don't think anybody knows for certain, but we have to be vigilant, and when in fact it looks like the administration is moving in the direction that is harmful or dangerous."

Sources: Politico, Today ShowThe Late Show via CNN/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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