Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had made a few phone calls to the last administration before making his big dropout decision.
Sanders suspended his 2020 run on Wednesday, saying his "path toward victory is virtually impossible" but pledging to stay on primary ballots through the Democratic National Convention to gain influence in the party. And shortly after making that announcement, Sanders reportedly made a call to Joe Biden, who he left as the presumptive Democratic nominee, CBS News reports.
Former Vice President @JoeBiden and Sen. @BernieSanders spoke around midday today about the senator’s decision to suspend his campaign, a source familiar with the call tells me. This was one of several calls between the two opponents in recent weeks.
Sanders also consulted former President Barack Obama "several times" before making his decision, NBC News reports. Obama reportedly still isn't ready to hop into the 2020 fray just yet, but Sanders' suspension surely makes it easier for him to do so.
Source close to @BarackObama tells me: “When the moment is right and when he feels he can have maximum impact, the country will be hearing more from him.” Source notes Obama has spoken to @SenSanders “several times” over the past few weeks.
President Trump and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky were apparently frequent phone buddies.
On Friday, Trump again defended his July 25 call with Zelensky to reporters — the call that eventually led House Democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry. Trump is still certain his call was "perfect," and if Democrats still aren't convinced, well, he said he has a "second call" they're welcome to as well.
"I have a second call, which nobody knows about, and I guess they want that to be produced as well," Trump said Friday, referring to the House committees investigating him. "If they want it, I'll give it to them. I haven't seen it recently. I have no problem giving it to them," Trump continued. Trump also acknowledged there's a phone call between Zelensky and Vice President Mike Pence, which he said he'll leave "up to Mike" to release.
I asked President Trump if he will release the Pence phone call with Ukraine. He said “That’s up to Mike.” He also told me that the call that has been released was the second call he had with the Ukrainian president, and he’s now being asked to release the “first call.” pic.twitter.com/p6WNyrK1rC