Does Donald Trump Reply to Letters?

President Donald Trump is known for being outspoken and saying what’s on his mind. As a result, he’s been able to connect with some Americans who enjoy his boastful tone and grating rhetoric. When he rallies across the country for his fellow Republicans or in service of himself — his supporters revel in his presence. However, are there other ways to get in touch with Trump? Many past presidents — including President Barack Obama took time out of the weekly schedules to respond to various letters and emails. So does Donald Trump reply to letters?

Donald Trump reads an article praising his administration

Donald Trump reads an article praising his administration. | Nicholas Kamm/ AFP/ Getty Images

You might get a shout out at a White House press briefing

We all know that President Trump isn’t exactly the most intellectually minded person and he seems to enjoy tweeting and watching television so responding to letter doesn’t appear to be high on his list of priorities. However, if you do decide to write the president a letter or send him an email, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders might give you a shout out during one of her notorious press briefings.

During a press briefing in July 2017, Sanders said that she would occasionally open her briefings by acknowledging positive emails and letters sent to the president. Sanders said the purpose was “To remind us a little more often about the forgotten men, women and children that we’re here to serve and that the president is fighting for, we’re going to start the White House briefing every once in a while with a letter or an email we may receive from some of those individuals.”

One letter, in particular, came from a 9-year-old boy named Dylan who wanted to know how old Trump is, how much money he has, and if they could be friends.

He said, “Dear President Trump,

My name is Dylan, but everybody calls me “Pickle.” I’m 9 years old and you’re my favorite president. I like you so much I had a birthday about you. My cake was the shape of your hat. How old are you? How big is the White House? How much money do you have? I don’t know why people don’t like you. You seem nice. Can we be friends? My picture is in here, so if you see me, you can say hi.”

Your friend

Dylan

How did President Obama respond to letters?

While President Trump chooses to respond to his letters and emails during press briefings, former President Barack Obama chose to read ten letters from the public–including people who hated him — him every day and respond to as many as he could. During his two terms, he became the first president to focus heavily on this sort of correspondence with American citizens. The Guardian reports, “He answered some by hand and wrote notes on others for the writing team to answer, and on some, he scribbled “save.”

Donald Trump and Barack Obama

Donald Trump and Barack Obama | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

On his decision to read and respond to letters the former president said, “I think I understood that if somebody writes a letter and they get any kind of response, that there’s a sense of … being heard. Over time, I think it’s easy for folks to feel a little invisible as if nobody’s paying attention. And so I did, I think, understand that if I could at least let them know that I saw them and I heard them, maybe they’d feel a little bit less lonely in those struggle.”

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