Keeping up with tradition, Barack Obama left a letter for Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day. Minutes before Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States; cameras caught Obama placing a letter on The Resolute desk he had penned for the billionaire. Mr. Obama did not speak to the media after Trump took the oath of office, so he never revealed the content of the letter. Even if reporters quizzed him, Obama would probably not have spilled the beans on what he told the Republican.
The day after the inauguration, President Trump with Vice President Mike Pence by his side spoke to a small crowd at the White House where he showed the envelope to the reporters in the room. The former reality star said it was a beautiful letter and he was very touched by it. That is not very surprising, Obama is known for being a gifted writer.
He rapidly put the envelope in his pocket and said he has no plans to show it to journalists anytime soon. Trump said at a swearing-in ceremony for his senior staff: “I just went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama.” He added: “And we won’t even tell the press what’s in the letter.” Trump went on to say: “It was really very nice of him to do that. And we will cherish that.”
In four or eight years, Obama’s letter to Trump will be made public by the National Archives. In 2009, George W. Bush wrote a note to Obama that read in part: “Very few, have had the honor of the responsibility and the excitement of the challenges ahead. There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you.”
Beautiful letter or not, Trump is eager to dismantle everything Obama has done in the past eight years. The 70-year-old has already signed an executive order to make it easier for Congress to repeal Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act.