Santorum: Obama's letter to Trump 'full of caveats'

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday criticized former President Obama over the introduction of his Inauguration Day letter to President Trump, saying the note was "full of caveats." 

"The introduction was a little, it was politically correct. He didn't congratulate him on his victory, he congratulated him on his run. He also didn't say 'America supports you,' he said 'millions support you,' " Santorum told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

Santorum spoke positively about the rest of the letter, however. 

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"So there is a little caveat at the beginning, but after that moment I actually thought the letter was actually very gracious and well written," he said. 

CNN on Sunday published Obama's letter, which includes four points of advice to Trump. 

The former president told Trump to "build more ladders of success for every child and family," as well as to maintain international order. 

"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," Obama wrote. 

Trump and Obama have had a strained relationship over the years. 

Trump spent years promoting an unsubstantiated, debunked claim that Obama was born outside of the U.S.

He also accused his predecessor of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. 

The Justice Department confirmed in a court filing on Friday that neither it nor the FBI has evidence that Trump Tower was the target of surveillance efforts from the Obama administration.