Despite Barack Obama’s clear disapproval of President Donald Trump, the contents of is handwritten letter would almost have you think that he liked Trump.
Obama wrote a letter to his successor in the White House, offering him some “advice” before departing in January. According to the newly released letter, Obama nearly praised praised Trump with congratulations and wished him the best. There was nothing but encouragement and celebration in the letter.
It read, “Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.”
Obama also encouraged Trump to “build more ladders of success for every child and family,” in order to “sustain the international order.” He also urged Trump to protect the “democratic institutions and traditions”.
Obama’s letter continued, “We are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions – like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties – that our forebears fought and bled for.”
So why, I wonder, does Obama act so differently in person and to the media about Trump than he did with the ink spilled on paper, forming congratulatory words?
The hand-off letters from George W. Bush in 2009 and Bill Clinton in 2001 were revealed earlier this year. CNN reports it received the Obama letter from “someone Trump showed it to”.
After taking office, Mr Trump praised the note from Mr Obama, calling it a “beautiful letter” in an interview with ABC. Mr Trump added that he called Mr Obama to thank him for the note.
The White House declined to comment, as did a spokesman for Mr Obama.
In the letter, Mr Obama offered some advice: urging Trump to provide opportunities for those “willing to work hard”, arguing that American “leadership in this world really is indispensable” and asking him to leave “instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them”.
Mr Obama also wrote that Mr Trump should “take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches”.
As Obama concluded, he wished Trump the “very best as you embark on this great adventure”.
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