CNN scoop reveals Obama’s parting words to Donald Trump

The letter was the last known direct communication between the 44th and 45th presidents of the US and is a White House tradition. (File photo: AP)
Updated 04 September 2017

CNN scoop reveals Obama’s parting words to Donald Trump

DUBAI: The contents of the Inauguration Day letter written from Barack Obama to US President Donald Trump was revealed Sunday after CNN obtained a copy from “someone Trump showed it to,” according to the news organization.
It is the last known direct communication between the 44th and 45th presidents of the US and is a White House tradition.
The 275-word letter was written out on White House stationery and placed in the top drawer of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, according to CNN.
The full letter is below.
Dear Mr. President —
Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.
This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.
First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. 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.
Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. 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.
Third, 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.
And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.
Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.
Good luck and Godspeed,
BO

According to CNN, “Obama, when writing the letter, didn’t disclose the content even to his closest aides.” The news organization goes on to say that Trump, in contrast, has shown the missive to to visitors in the Oval Office and at his private resident in the complex of the White House.
CNN did not name the person who showed them a copy of the letter.


Egyptian news presenter Aya Shaheen tests positive for coronavirus

Updated 01 June 2020

Egyptian news presenter Aya Shaheen tests positive for coronavirus

  • Egypt has a total of 24,985 cases of coronavirus infections

DUBAI: Egyptian news presenter Aya Abdelrhman Shaheen revealed on Sunday that she tested positive for the coronavirus.
The eXtra News channel presenter posted on her Facebook page:  
“I have tested positive for the coronavirus. All I need in the upcoming period is your genuine prayers. I have great faith that I will overcome this virus thanks to your love and support. I will be back soon to tell you my experience with COVID-19.”

Egypt shortened a night curfew by one hour on Sunday as it recorded new highs in the daily increases in novel coronavirus cases and deaths.
The Health Ministry said 1,536 new cases had been confirmed including 46 deaths, bringing total cases to 24,985 and deaths to 959.
Earlier, the prime minister’s office said a night curfew would end at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. The curfew begins at 8 p.m., though its start had been brought forward to 5 p.m. last week during the holiday that follows the Eid holiday at the end of Ramadan.
The curfew is one of a number of measures including the closure of schools, cafes and places of worship, that are aimed at curbing the pandemic.