President Barack Obama will not use the “disabled language” of his presidency to describe President Donald Trump, a White House official said Monday.
In his State of the Union address, Obama said that he will not invoke the language of the office during his term as president, though he will use it during any future discussions with the incoming administration, according to a White Houses press release.
Obama’s speech did not mention the president’s disability, but it was widely viewed as an acknowledgment of the president and his staffs disability and inclusion issues.
In recent years, several Republican presidents have used the term disabled.
In a statement, the White House said that the president does not intend to use the disability language in future discussions.
“The President has no intention of using the term ‘disabled’ during any of his interactions with the new Administration,” the statement said.
“We are confident that he can speak to the disability in his words, not in the form of disability language.”
The White House press office also did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why Obama would not use a disability language.
Last year, Trump announced that he was using the phrase disabled during a meeting with members of the military, and a White house official later said the president was using a disability-based term.
The president has also used the word “disabled” in recent days during a series of rallies to promote his policies.