Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

Dear Richard; Sincerely, Donald

Then-President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, June 23, 1972 (The Nixon Library and Museum/Reuters)
A look at the Trump–Nixon correspondence

“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!”
 — Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, December 21, 1987

The silk-tied real-estate tycoon whom Pat Nixon witnessed on NBC the afternoon of December 14, 1987, is in most ways the same self-promoting, sarcastic, brashly populist force that voters see today. At 41 years of age, Trump was at the height of his real-estate success — “no one

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