Is Donald Trump taking any of Barack Obama's advice?

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large | 9/4/2017, 8:19 a.m.
We now know what outgoing President Barack Obama told incoming President Donald Trump.
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Trump has formed an election integrity commission aimed primarily at sniffing out whether historically non-existent voter fraud was a widespread issue in the 2016 election. He seems to have no sense for separation of powers, repeatedly wondering aloud why the Republican-controlled House and Senate don't do as he asks them to. He fired the FBI director amid an ongoing investigation being led by the Justice Department into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and whether Russians colluded with members of the Trump campaign. He has issued a ban on transgender people serving in the military. He has urged the police to use rough treatment when arresting potential criminals. He has pushed a so-called "travel ban" to keep people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

There's more. But you get the idea. Trump doesn't see himself as a guardian of democratic institutions. He sees himself as a disrupter of them.

  1. "Take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family."

Earlier this summer, first lady Melania Trump moved into the White House with the couple's son, Barron. Trump has his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, around him as formal White House advisers. He's purportedly walled off from talking about the family business with his two elder sons -- Don Jr. and Eric -- but they remain very much in his orbit.

As for friends, Trump has never been all that big on them. He kept his inner circle in the business world to family and a few other employees; he's done much the same in the White House.


In short, Trump has not closely heeded Obama's advice. At all. Which Obama almost certainly knew would be the case when he wrote his letter to Trump.