'He Wants Me to Do a Good Job': President Trump Praises 'Beautiful' and 'Complex' Letter Left by President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an envelope that was left for him in the Oval Office by former President Barack Obama during a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a "hallmark of our democracy." (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

'He Wants Me to Do a Good Job': President Trump Praises 'Beautiful' and 'Complex' Letter Left by President Obama

And people question why the birtherism creator is suddenly singing a different tune.

Published January 27, 2017

In an interview with ABC News's David Muir, President Donald Trump showed the letter left in the Oval Office drawer by former President Barack Obama

“[It] is a custom, but I doubt too many of them were written in this manner," Trump told ABC about the letter. "It was long, it was complex, it was thoughtful and it took time to do it."

Muir confirmed that he has seen letters from past presidents, and the letter from Obama appeared longer than the others. When Muir asked if Trump could share a memorable line from the letter, the president thought for a moment and summarized a section.

"He said something that was very interesting to me. He said, 'You know, if I thought your health care plan was going to be better' than his plan – Obamacare – 'I would support it.' And I believe he would," Trump said.

  1. While speaking with ABC, Trump praised Obama for writing such a beautifully penned letter and said he called Obama and thanked him
  2. The praise comes as a surprise because Trump has vocally criticized Obama in the past
  3. And many called Trump out for his different stance
  4. Trump concluded his detailing of the letter by claiming that Obama wants him to succeed

    "It was stated beautifully that I'm representing a lot of people and I'm carrying on a very important tradition and just do a great job," Trump said about the letter. "He wants me to do a great job."

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)


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