Donald Trump has told friends he will write his own inaugural speech and is already drawing inspiration from former US presidents.
Politicians usually use dedicated speech writers to draft their addresses, but the president-elect is thought to have told visitors to his private resort in Florida that he will create his inaugural speech himself.
He is also said to have received briefings on the history of presidential inaugurations ahead of being sworn into the White House on January 20.
Donald Trump, who has told friends he will write his own inaugural speech and is already drawing inspiration from former US presidents
Trump is currently spending Christmas and New Year at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he is planning his inauguration.
And one person to have met with him over the holidays says he has been looking through the speeches of Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy to give him inspiration.
The president-elect has been telling visitors to the resort that Reagan has ‘incredible style’ and also noted it is almost the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth.
Trump is also spending time in Florida over the festive period focusing on the health issues of veterans, which is being tipped to be a priority of his administration.
Meanwhile, the person who spoke with Trump insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private conversations.
History man: Douglas Brinkley, the presidential biographer and historian, and columnist Margaret Carlson, briefed the president-elect on previous inaugurals
Interest: Trump was said to be focused mostly on Reagan, Nixon and Kennedy – two of whom he met
Briefing: Brinkley said he spoke to the president-elect about previous inaugurals, including that of John F Kennedy in 1961
History: Trump spoke to the group about his relationship with Richard Nixon, who wrote to him in 1987 after a chat-show appearance. He was also fascinated by Kennedy’s moon shot, they said
It comes as Douglas Brinkley, the presidential biographer and historian, and columnist Margaret Carlson, visited the president-elect to brief him on the history of presidential inaugurations.
It is the first known briefing on presidential history which Trump has received since his election victory.
Brinkley said that their conversation had focused on ‘Nixon and Reagan and Kennedy’.
He described it as ‘a sort of history of the presidency and past inaugurals and things like that’ and that it included ‘the way other inaugurations have been.’
Brinkley added: ‘He was very interested in a man going to the moon and the moon shot so we were talking a little bit about that.’
The president-elect told the four how he had received a letter from Nixon in 1987 – in which the disgraced ex-president had told him that if he ran for office he would succeed.
Brinkley has written historical biographies of Rosa Parks, Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt and Gerald Ford, with Cronkite, his biography of Walter Cronkite among his most acclaimed works.
The CNN commentator is currently working on a study of JFK and the environmental movement. He also edited Ronald Reagan’s White House diaries, which were published in 2007.
The discussion on inauguration comes as it approaches rapidly.
Mar-a-Lago go go: Stephen Miller, Trump’s speechwriter was seen at the club, while Trump was spotted chatting to Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter
CEO call: David Rubenstein, founder and CEO of the Carlyle Group was among guests meeting the president-elect on Wednesday
Talks: World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, scion of the Estée Lauder skincare fortune was among guests
‘Hi’: Howard Kessler, founder of the eponymous financial services company, dropped by for what was said to simply be a social call
Other details of the inaugural celebrations have suggested a traditional schedule, and Trump has said that its overarching theme will be his slogan: ‘Make America great again.’
Carlson, who made history as Time magazine’s first female columnist, said that she had ‘listened, intently’ as Trump described his dealings with Nixon.
As well as the letter, Trump recounting meeting the fallen president.
She said they had heard ‘a kind of reprise of the election, where he won and how he won and how many points.’
As well as Brinkley and Carlson, the group included Quinn. The long-time lobbyist is a Democratic insider whose links to the party go back to Hubert Humphrey’s 1968 presidential run.
Security: Mar-a-Lago has been on lockdown since the presidential election and has extra guards for the stay of the president-elect
Lap of luxury: Trump’s home on the Mar-a-Lago is part of the club which offers residents accommodation, dining and spa facilities
Quinn was introduced by Ruddy to reporters after meeting as ‘a very influential Democrat in Washington who has known Mr Trump for many many years’.
Quinn said he expected Trump to do more outreach and have better relations with Congress.
The meetings were part of a day of activity at Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is spending time over the holidays.
Among those who were there to meet him were Howard Kessler, chairman and CEO of the Kessler Group, the financial services firm, who was said by officials to be a long time friend of Trump who was just ‘saying hi’.
He also spoke to Carlyle Group founder and CEO David Rubenstein; Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress; and Ike Perlmutter, the CEO of Marvel Entertainment.
Officials did not disclose the purpose of those meetings.
Despite the busy schedule, Mar-a-Lago remains a working members club with those in residence having to go through Secret Service security to access its facilities, which includes its pools, spa and dining facilities and tennis courts.
Trump’s own residence is on the estate on a private section of it. Among those staying there are his younger daughter Tiffany, wife Melania and younger son Barron.