Letters exchanged between President Trump and former President Richard Nixon in the 1980s and 1990s show a relationship between the two that is not previously known.
The letters were shared with the Associated Press ahead of their debut as part of an exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., Thursday.
In the earliest letter reviewed by the outlet ahead of the exhibit’s opening, dated June 1982, the current commander-in-chief lavishes praise on the then-president.
“I think that you are one of this country’s great men, and it was an honor to spend an evening with you,” Trump wrote to Nixon after the two were spotted together at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan.
The then-real-estate-developer was writing to thank the former president for forwarding him a photograph of the two.
In another letter, dated October of that year, the future president wrote to the former one that “One of my great ambitions is to have the Nixons as residents in Trump Tower.”
Nixon and his wife, Pat Nixon, eventually toured the Fifth Avenue property. In his letter back, he wrote that while Pat “was impressed as I was” with the building, they felt “at this time she should not undertake the ordeal of a move,” given her stroke that August.
The existence of the letters was confirmed by President Trump in the days after winning the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to TMZ’s Harvey Levin, he showed off one of the letters, dated December 1987, in which Nixon congratulated Trump for an appearance on a television show.
“I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner,” the former president wrote.
“It was just amazing that he wrote it,” Trump said while showing off the letter, adding that it was not the only one.
He said that while he did not know Nixon well, “he would write me letters. It was very interesting. He always wanted me to run for office.”
Jim Byron, executive vice president of the Richard Nixon Foundation, touted the letters to the Associated Press as “perhaps the best documented relationship that our current president has with any of his predecessors,” as well as “an invaluable contribution to the ever-evolving group that we know as the presidents club.”
The White House did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on the newly released letters.
With Post wires