Obama still president, according to letter sent to new US citizens

Published: July 17, 2017


US President Donald Trump took oath in January but someone seems to have missed the memo. US citizens who participate in naturalisation ceremonies receive letters from the president when they take their oaths for allegiance.

However, Aisha Sultan noticed that the name signed on her husband’s letter from the president wasn’t of Trump but of his predecessor Barack Obama.

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“My British-born husband takes his oath of citizenship today,” Sultan wrote on Twitter. “In the packet for new Americans, the welcome letter from POTUS is from Obama.”


Following Sultan’s tweet, many found amusement in the gaffe.

One Twitter user commented on Sultan’s post saying during her husband’s citizenship ceremony, they accidentally started playing Obama’s video and “everyone cheered”.

The letters are printed and distributed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices throughout the country.

USCIS Press Secretary Gillian Christensen told The Hill that the letters were an administrative oversight and that around 200 of those letters were distributed.

Maria Elena Upson, spokesperson for the agency, however, told Arizona Republic producing a new letter and presidential video message for new citizens can take months.

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“Following a change in administrations, it typically takes several months for a new letter and video message to be produced and distributed to USCIS field offices,” she said. “During this interim period, USCIS does not provide a congratulatory letter or show a video message.”


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