A collection of letters between President Donald Trump and former President Richard Nixon are set to be made public for the primary time Thursday, displaying a mutual admiration between the 2 extremely controversial figures that included a shared distrust of the media.
President Nixon takes a query throughout a press convention.
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The letters will likely be launched as a part of a brand new exhibit from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Just one letter between the 2 has been broadly recognized, during which Nixon says that his spouse, Pat, noticed Trump on Phil Donahue’s discuss present and famous that “she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!”
The opposite letters, shared with the Related Press, which printed a few of the contents in an article Wednesday, confirmed the 2 discussing matters starting from soccer to Pat Nixon’s well being, however notably included a shared mistrust of media protection, an indicator of each their presidencies.
The 2 additionally talked about the right way to capitalize on TV earnings after Trump bought the New Jersey Generals soccer crew in 1984, two years earlier than the crew folded, with Nixon telling Trump he wanted to make use of followers within the stands as “indispensable props” throughout tv broadcasts, since Nixon mentioned TV was “the future and where the real money lies.”
The dates of the newly launched letters go from 1982 to 1993, a yr earlier than Nixon’s demise.
“Dear Donald I know nothing about the intricacies of your business enterprises but the massive media attack on you puts me in your corner!” Nixon mentioned in a 1990 letter.
Trump has expressed an admiration for Nixon, a fellow Republican president, prior to now, framing the letter the place Pat Nixon predicted he would win if he ran for workplace. Each of their presidencies have been marked by poor relationships with and mistrust in media. Nixon’s presidency unraveled after protection from Washington Submit reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein detailing the Watergate scandal, culminating in Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Trump not too long ago did a collection of interviews with Woodward for the journalist’s newest e book, Rage, which documented a tumultuous White Home underneath Trump.
Former Trump political advisor Roger Stone is well-known for his public admiration of Nixon, and he began his political profession with the Nixon presidential marketing campaign in 1972. He’s additionally particularly recognized for an higher again tattoo he has of Nixon’s face. Stone was convicted on seven felony counts referring to Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election. Trump commuted Stone’s 40-month federal jail sentence on July 10, the day earlier than it was scheduled to begin.
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