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Here's what Obama wrote to Trump on Inauguration Day

CNN has obtained a copy of the letter former President Obama left for President Trump in the Oval Office on Inauguration Day. The brief note offers Trump several words of advice, and Trump reportedly enjoys sharing it with White House guests, one of whom was CNN's source.

"[W]e are just temporary occupants of this office," Obama cautions. "That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection, and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for," he continues. "Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them."

The note begins with a congratulations for Trump's "remarkable" campaign and ends with well wishes from one first couple to another. Read the whole thing here.