Trump drafting inaugural address inspired by Reagan, JFK: report

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President-elect Donald Trump has privately told several people that he is writing the first draft of his inaugural address, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Trump hopes to draw inspiration from former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan for the speech, according to the report, which specifically mentioned Reagan’s “style” and Kennedy’s ability to articulate big, national goals. 


Trump is “enamored with Reagan’s confident style and how he connected with the country,” one person who spoke to Trump told the Post. The president-elect is also inspired by Kennedy’s ability “to get the country motivated, to go to the moon,” the person also said.

Earlier this week, Trump’s transition team said Stephen Miller, an adviser and speechwriter, would write the inaugural address that Trump will deliver Jan. 20.

The Post reported that while Trump is working with Miller, he has said in recent days he’s become more personally involved in the writing process.

The source referred to the fact that what would have been Kennedy’s 100th birthday is coming up, and that’s something Trump has in mind.

The conversation reportedly took place Wednesday during a lunch at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., where he is spending the holidays.

Trump dined with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson, Democratic lobbyist Thomas Quinn and Newsmax Media executive Christopher Ruddy, the Post reported.

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