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President Trump discusses 'beautiful' letter Barack Obama left him


President Donald Trump has opened up for the first time about the letter left for him by Barack Obama. In keeping with tradition, the outgoing president left a letter for his successor in the Oval Office on inauguration day, and now, in his first interview since taking office, the 70-year-old has detailed some of the specifics of the document.

"This was the letter given to me by President Obama. I won't show it to you or read it to you, but a – just as, a beautiful letter," the president told ABC News' David Muir. "It was long, it was complex, it was thoughtful and it took time to do."

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Presdient Trump has opened up about the letter left for him by Barack Obama

He continued: "I doubt too many of them were written in this manner. He really – in fact, I called him and thanked him for the thought that was put into that letter."

While he did not reveal exactly what Mr Obama had written, the US leader did share what he perceived to be a memorable line.

"[Obama} said something that was very interesting to me. He said, 'You know if I thought your healthcare plan was going to be better than his plan, Obamacare, then I would support it,' and I believe he would," he shared.


He said the hand-written document was 'long', 'complex' and 'thoughtful'

Of his overall impression of the letter, which was sealed in an envelope addressed to 'Mr President', Donald concluded: "Nothing that surprised me, but it was stated beautifully but that I'm representing a lot of people and I'm carrying on a very important tradition, and just do a great job. He wants me to do a great job."

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