Retired English teacher finds errors in White House letter signed by Donald Trump, mails it back with corrections

A retired English teacher found many errors in a White House letter bearing president Donald Trump's signature and mailed it back after making corrections, a media report said.

IANS May 28, 2018 16:06:24 IST
Retired English teacher finds errors in White House letter signed by Donald Trump, mails it back with corrections

New York: A retired English teacher found many errors in a White House letter bearing president Donald Trump's signature and mailed it back after making corrections, a media report said.

The letter, dated 3 May and printed on White House stationery, was addressed to Yvonne Mason, 61, who retired in 2017. After she made the corrections, she snapped a picture, posted the letter on Facebook and mailed it back to the White House. "It was a poorly worded missive," she told The New York Times on Sunday.

Retired English teacher finds errors in White House letter signed by Donald Trump mails it back with corrections

File image of the White House. AFP

"Poor writing is not something I abide. If someone is capable of doing better, then they should do better." Mason, a Democrat who lives in Atlanta, had written to Trump to ask that he visit each family of those who died in the shooting that killed 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida, in February.

"I had written to them in anger, to tell you the truth," she said. "I thought he owed it to these grieving families." According to the former teacher, the letter she received did not address her concerns.

Instead, it listed a series of actions taken after the shooting, like listening sessions, meetings with lawmakers and the STOP School Violence Act, a bill that would authorise $500 million over 10 years for safety improvements at schools but had no provisions related to guns.

Some of the things Mason wrote in the letter were: "Have y'all tried grammar & style check? Federal is capitalised only when used as part of a proper noun." There was more, but she did not correct everything.

"I did not mention the dangling modifier...I focused mainly on mechanics," Mason told The New York Times. "Nation" was capitalised, so was "states". She circled both the words.

The letter stood in contrast to other letters she has received from politicians, Mason said. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, sent "beautiful" letters that struck a tone that "makes me more important than him", she said.

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