Obama’s letter to Trump

Words of wisdom from ex-president Barack Obama.

He gave some advice for Donald Trump before the former Apprentice host took on his job in January. CNN gained a copy of the handwritten message penned on White House stationary and printed the matters on Sunday, September 3. The 44th president cheered the business mogul on his “remarkable run” and reminded Trump that “millions have placed their hopes” in him.

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He then launched into four brief but important aides-mémoires for the new leader in chief to chew on, cautioning him that the presidency is a “unique office, without a clear blueprint for success”:

“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.”

Obama's letter to Trump

Obama’s letter to Trump

“American leadership in this world is really indispensible. 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.”

“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.”

“Take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.”

Obama finished with an offer “to help in any way” he could, and wished Trump luck.

While the 44th president highlighted the importance of defending democracy, Trump has faced criticism for his actions that seem to disrespect the Constitution: he has criticized federal judges for ruling against his travel ban, blamed counter protestors when a white supremacist rally turned deadly, and attacked the truthfulness of voting.

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