As he left the Oval Office, President Barack Obama left a letter to President Donald Trump with some advice. At the time, much curiosity was stirred regarding the contents of this letter, especially after President Trump told ABC News that the letter was beautiful, well-wirtten and very thoughtful.
Today, speculations are over after CNN released a full copy of this letter. Reportedly, although Obama has kept the letter a secret, Trump has been showing it off proudly to visitors, which is how CNN had access to it.
Obama’s opening lines congratulate trump on his “remarkable run”, reinforcing that regardless of political opinion, millions hope his presidency will expand both prosperity and security.
The former president then goes on to share four pieces of reflection based on his past experience:
1) Do not take the job lightly, people are counting on you
Obama makes clear that the presidency is a “blessing” and that it’s on Trump’s shoulders to “build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard”.
2) Leading the US means looking over international stability
“American leadership in this world really is indispensable”, Obama writes. He carries on to write that Trump should care to maintain order overseas so that US wealth and safety remains well-kept.
3) Make sure to protect democracy