CNN can’t fathom the fact that not everyone is an Obama fan.
The news outlet published an article Thursday that noted President Trump and former president Barack Obama haven’t directly spoken in a year.
CNN called the silence “the first time in decades two successive presidents have avoided communicating in the 12 months after handing off power.”
The piece characterized the lack of communication between President Trump and his predecessor as unusual.
“Ties between presidents — if not always friendly — are usually at least existent,” the article read. “That Trump and Obama have avoided each other speaks to the unprecedented nature of the current White House, and the lingering animosity between two men who openly sparred during 2016’s presidential campaign.”
President Trump and Obama last spoke at the Inauguration Ceremony on the East Front of the US Capitol last year.
CNN reported on a note Obama left for his successor in an Oval Office drawer.
“Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure,” the former president wrote.
President Trump reportedly tried contacting Obama to thank him, but the outgoing commander-in-chief couldn’t be reached as he traveled to Palm Springs.
When Obama aides later called the White House, President Trump had his staff communicate the “thank you.”
CNN went on to document meetings between presidents and their predecessors, including a 1981 conversation between then-president Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter related to the funeral of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
The article seemingly tried to place the blame for the lack of contact on President Trump, saying he has “launched personal attacks” on Obama. Meanwhile, CNN said Obama “has reserved his criticism of Trump for policy matters.”
Since leaving office, Obama has broken with tradition by being openly critical of his successor. In December, he compared the Trump administration to Nazi Germany during a speech for the Economic Club of Chicago.
He’s also taken veiled shots at the president’s social media use. While being interviewed in India, Obama gave the counsel: “don’t say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function … think before you speak, think before you tweet.”
Last month, he told Britain’s Prince Harry that “one of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”
The fact that the Obama administration is suspected of abusing FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign may also be a factor in the president’s reluctance to get in touch with the White House’s previous occupant.
Yet CNN claims only President Trump’s remarks have been “personal.”
And the news giant wonders why the president hasn’t gotten in touch with Obama. Maybe he’s too busy working to improve the lives of Americans.