Nice trick: Nixon makes it back into the Oval Office, as Trump prepares to display personal note from only U.S. president to resign

  • Richard Nixon left the White House August 9, 1974 under the cloud of the Watergate scandal
  • He wrote Donald Trump in 1987 after the real estate mogul appeared on the Phil Donahue show  and hailed his future as a politician
  • Now the 45th president reportedly plans to hang the letter inside the Oval Office 
  • 'Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on the Donahue Show '

Richard Nixon will be making a return to the Oval Office in the form in the form of a letter the he penned to President-elect Donald Trump in 1987 when he was a New York real estate mogul expanding his celebrity.

Trump plans to hang the treasured piece of memorabilia inside the Oval Office, Politico reported the Trump has told friends. 

Nixon wrote the missive after Trump appeared on the Phil Donahue show while promoting his book, 'The Art of the Deal,' on December 21. 

'Dear Donald,' reads the letter. 'I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on the Donahue Show. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!'

President Richard Nixon left office under the cloud of the Watergate scandal. But a letter he penned to President-elect Donald Trump may make it back to the Oval Office 

Trump during the TV appearance calmly expressed similar confidence about himself.

 'I like success much better than failure, somehow,' he told TV host with a wink, taking complete control of his narrative.

Donahue gushed: 'You're a star, Mr. Trump, and you're a businessman, and you do not run away from publicity.' 

Nixon was the first and only president to resign the office, leaving in 1974 under the cloud of the Watergate scandal. 

Nixon wrote that his wife, Pat, predicts that whenever Trump decides to run for office, 'You will be a winner!'

Trump was cool and confident during his appearance on Donahue, impressing Pat Nixon with his future as a politician

'You're a star, Mr. Trump, and you're a businessman, and you do not run away from publicity,' said Donahue

Most Republicans prefer to associate themselves with party hero Ronald Reagan, although Nixon took efforts to try to rehabilitate his reputation after he left office. He ultimately consulted with presidents Jimmy Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.

One of his signature accomplishments was normalizing relations with China, a country that has been the subject of Trump's constant attention and many of his political attacks. 

On Sunday Trump questioned whether the 'One China' policy could continue unless the economic relationship can be changed.

Trump continues to have an advisory relationship with former Nixon operative Roger Stone, who has a tattoo of Nixon on his back.

'It was just amazing that he wrote it,' Trump said when he showed the letter to Fox News last month.

'I didn't know him but he would write me letters, it was very interesting, he always wanted me to run for office,' Trump said.

Donald Trump listens during the press conference promoting the upcoming fight between Mike Spinks and Gerry Cooney on June 15,1987 in in Atlantic City

Richard Nixon in Paris, France on May 20, 1987. He said he didn't catch Trump on the show but that his wife, Pat, said he was 'great' on it

 

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