We are guardians: Barack Obama's private letter to Donald Trump revealed

Trump and Obama
  • Details of a letter Brack Obama left for Donald Trump on his inauguration day has been revealed
  • Obama urged Trump to "sustain the international order", maintain equal rights and not to tamper with the institutions of law
  • Outgoing Presidents traditionally leave a handwritten note for their successor

The letter left for Donald Trump on his inauguration day by Barack Obama offered the new US leader plenty of advice.

Trump previously said he was delighted with the handwritten note, calling it "beautiful", "well-written" and "thoughtful".

But now it's been published, Americans are questioning if the billionaire actually read it.

In the 275 word note, Mr Obama urged Trump to "sustain the international order", maintain equal rights and not to tamper with the institutions of law.

Since then the President has hit out at Nato, broken trade ties, said "good people" attended a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and lambasted judges he disagreed with.

In the letter, revealed after it was leaked to CNN, the outgoing US leader wrote: "Dear Mr President, 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.

"This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past eight years.”

Mr Obama then laid out his thoughts from two terms in the Oval Office.

He added: “First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard.

"Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

"Third, 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. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

"And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches.”

He signed off his letter: “Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

“Good luck and Godspeed.”

Following its release, many took to social to praise Mr Obama while accusing Trump of failing to read given his actions since taking over the White House.

One Twitter user called Leanne wrote: “I don't think Trump even read the letter.”

Kenneth Marcu added: “Did you read Barack Obama's personal letter for your inauguration? I doubt it since there are no intelligent bones in your narcissistic bod.”

Dianne Davis said: “Did you read your gracious & thoughtfully composed letter from Obama? Apparently not. Resign [email protected]"

Richard Ferguson tweeted the President directly saying: "You didn't respect and obey Obama's Inauguration letter. It's like you set it on fire, and used it to burn the Constitution.”

Some joked it was too long for Trump, who notoriously likes notes and briefings to be kept short and in bullet point form, to understand.

Sandy Hafenbrack (corr) tweeted: “The letter had 275 words. Way too long to keep Cheeto's attention. I miss #stillmypresident Obama.”

Outgoing Presidents traditionally leave a handwritten note for their successor placing it in the drawer of the Oval Office's famous Resolute Desk.


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