Barack Obama leaves note for Donald Trump in White House as part of tradition going back to Ronald Reagan

BARACK Obama has left a note for incoming president Donald Trump in the White House as part of a tradition that goes back many years.

Outgoing presidents normally leave a message of encouragement and advice behind for their successor to find.

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Barack Obama has left a note for Donald Trump in the White House
The president could be seen walking along with a piece of paper in his hand

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Obama put the letter in a drawer before leaving the White House for the last time

George Bush Snr left a note for Bill Clinton telling him the country was rooting for him, Clinton scribbled a message for George Bush Jnr, and he in turn wrote a letter of encouragement for Obama.

The tradition began when Ronald Reagan – the president Trump seems to idolise most – left a note for Bush in 1989.

And it seems the outgoing president will not be the one to break the tradition.

Obama could be seen carrying what is believed to be his message for Trump in pictures taken from outside the White House.

He could be seen putting a white envelope into a drawer in the Resolute desk, which is crafted from wood salvaged from a Royal Navy ship and given to then-President Rutherford Hayes in 1880.

It’s not yet known what message the note will carry.


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But in a recent letter addressed to the American people, Obama hinted at what he might tell his successor.

The president said: “It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place.

“It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land – and the leadership of the free world.”

It is not the first time Obama has offered Trump advice since he won the election in November.

When the pair met at the White House after the Republican was announced as the winner, he told him to use the expertise of others when making decisions.

He said: “This is a job of such magnitude that you can’t do it by yourself.”

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