This letter proves the Nixons saw Trump's victory coming

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For many people, Donald Trump's victory at the U.S. presidential elections came as a shock.

One very powerful couple, though, knew Trump would snatch the top post almost 30 years ago, when he was a young real estate magnate.

Ex-President Richard Nixon wrote a short letter to the president-elect back in December 1987 after his wife and former first lady Pat watched Trump on Phil Donahue's TV show.

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Vice President Richard M. Nixon (2L) talking to crowd. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994) 37th President of the USA with wife Pat at White House on 12 June 1971 at daughter's engagement
Georges Pompidou and President Richard Nixon at palace
Nixon and Paine at Apollo 12 Launch
Security Officer's Log of the Watergate Office Building Showing Entry for June 17, 1972, Page 1/2
President Nixon Meets the Apollo 11 Astronauts on the Lawn of the White House
US President Richard Nixon delivers welcome speech in front of the White House in Washington in honor of the Soviet leader
Nov. 10, 2011 - Yorba Linda, California, U.S. - An old photo of Richard Nixon, from right, daughters Tricia, Julie and wife Pat waits to be hung at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda...//ADDITIONAL INFO: Tim Naftali, who stirred controversy while overseeing the conversion of t
Jun 05, 1974 - Cairo, Egypt - RICHARD NIXON (January 9, 1913 Ð April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States (1969Ð1974), having formerly been the 36th Vice President of the United States (1953Ð1961). A member of the Republican Party, he was the only President to resign the office as well as the only person to be elected twice to both the Presidency and the Vice Presi
Aug 05, 1969 - Malacanang, Philippines - RICHARD NIXON (January 9, 1913 Ð April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States (1969Ð1974), having formerly been the 36th Vice President of the United States (1953Ð1961). A member of the Republican Party, he was the only President to resign the office as well as the only person to be elected twice to both the Presidency and the
A half length portrait of Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat, 1950. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
Politics, Personalities, USA, pic: circa 1950's, Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Richard Nixon of California, pictured with his wife Pat and his two children Julie, left, and Tricia, Richard Nixon, (1913-1994) was the 37th President of the USA, but resigned in 1974 after the Watergate scandal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
circa 1930: Members of the Whittier College football team with Richard Nixon wearing the number 12 shirt. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: President Richard Nixon (USA) toasts Zhou Enlai the Chinese Prime Minister during a state banquet in Beijing in1972. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Vice Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon making a speech on TV. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 1953: William Knowland (L) and wife, and Joseph Martin (2R), joining Richard M. Nixon (R) and his wife (C), during the Governor's Reception. (Photo by George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1953: Richard Nixon with his wife Thelma (Pat) Ryan and his two daughters Julie and Tricia during his first year as vice president. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
A portrait of the American Vice President Richard Nixon and his family, (from left) daughters Tricia Nixon and Julie Nixon, and wife Pat Nixon, United States, mid-20th century. Richard Nixon later served as the thirty-seventh President of the United States. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon riding with Syngman Rhee during his visit. (Photo by George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon and his wife (R) with Attorney Gen. Herbert Brownell Jr. on his daughter's wedding day. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Vice-President Richard M. Nixon (L) watching his wife Pat Nixon (2L) cut her birthday cake. (Photo by Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon at first formal press conference in White House. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon (R) with Malcolm S. Forbes and his wife, Nixon aiding Forbes during campaign for governor. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Richard M. Nixon addressing delegates at Sheraton Palace Hotel during the International Industrial Development Conference. (Photo by Nat Farbman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R) and his wife carrying a child. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon plays a rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" at the piano in Miami, Fla., Friday, Aug. 9, 1968. Nixon will visit the LBJ ranch in Texas on Saturday to be briefed by the president.
FILE--Named in Watergate affair are from left to right: G. Gordon Liddy, White House Counsel John W. Dean III, Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, and Former Deputy Canpaign Manager for Nixon's Re-election Jeb Stuart Magruder. (AP PHOTO)
This combination of two images of notes provided by the National Archives and Records Administration shows two pages of notes written by President Richard Nixon's chief of staff H.R. Haldeman from a June 20, 1972, meeting with Nixon, that will undergo forensic analysis at the National Archives to see if they hold clues to one of the Watergate scandal's enduring mysteries. Researchers hope to learn what Nixon said during the infamous 18 1/2-minute gap in a tape recording of his meeting with Haldeman that day. Electrostatic detection analysis and other tools can find indented images, such as those left on a sheet of paper when a pen has written on a sheet above it. This might show evidence that certain pages were destroyed and even point to words long lost to history. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
** FILE ** In this 1973 file photo, Rose Mary Woods, President Richard Nixon's secretary at her White House desk, demonstrates the "Rose Mary Stretch" which could have resulted in the erasure of part of the Watergate tapes. Every year the National Security Archive, a private group at The George Washington University that publishes declassifed government documents and files large numbers of FOIA requests, gives an award to the federal agency with the worst Freedom of Information Act performance. Named the Rosemary Award, after Woods, the fifth annual award has been "won" by the FBI. (AP Photo/File)
President Richard M. Nixon is seen on a television monitor during a ceremony in Yorba Linda, Calif., Wednesday, July 11, 2007, where the previously privately operated library was officially handed over the to National Archives. The facility will be referred to as the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Former Vice President Richard Nixon announced February 1, 1968, in an open letter to the citizens of New Hampshire that he would be a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination. This picture was released by Nixon's headquarters with the announcement of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Nixon Campaign, Fabian Bachrach)
Richard Nixon is shown in an undated photo at Whittier College, center, standing, as a member of the second string football team. He was not a letter winner. He was known as "the most spirited bench warmer on the team." (AP Photo)
Richard Nixon is shown in an undated photo at Whittier College as a member of the second string football team. He was not a letter winner. He was known as "the most spirited bench warmer on the team." (AP Photo)
Richard Nixon as a teen-ager in Whittier, California. (AP Photo)
In this April 2, 1973 photo, President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu are in profile as they listen to national anthems during arrival ceremonies for Thieu at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif. As the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago, angry protesters still awaited them at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future. While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived it. (AP Photo)
Richard M. Nixon is seen as a freshman at Duke Law School, Durham, N.C., 1934. (AP Photo)
Richard M. Nixon, in the back row, right, is seen with his classmates at Duke University Law School, Durham, N.C., 1937. (AP Photo)
Vice President Richard Nixon holds a baby refugee in Andau, Austria, 1956. (AP photos)
Vice President Richard Nixon and wife together at Eisenhower suite at Blackstone Hotel in Chicago in July 1960. (AP Photo)
Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon entices two youthful hula dancers with a souvenir Nixon ballpoint pen after the children performed dances for him at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu on August 3, where he is staying during his two-day campaign in Hawaii. The girls are an example of Hawaii's multi-racial citizenry. The girl at right is Chinese. Nixon will begin a gruelling one-day tour of the other three major islands. Year not provided. (AP Photo)
President Richar Nixon with soldiers during his visit in South Vietnam, July 1969. Nixon mingled with the U.S. First Infantry Division at their headquarters at Di An. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this July 31,1973, file photo, H.R. Haldeman, a former top aide to President Richard Nixon, testifies before the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum is declassifying and releasing 285 segments from an audio diary kept by Haldeman, from 1970 to 1973. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - The Feb. 27, 1969 file photo shows US President Richard Nixon looking across the communist wall into East Germany, from West Berlin during his stay in the divided city. Germany's Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger is seen behind Nixon. (AP Photo/file)
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President Richard M. Nixon and Dr. James C. Fletcher, NASA Administrator.
U.S. President Richard Nixon during Press Conference Regarding Middle East Crisis and Watergate, 1973
Elvis Presley poses for a photo with US President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office at the White House December 21, 1970 in Washington, DC.
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"I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me you were great," Nixon said in the note, which emerged in Michael D'Antonio's biography of Trump published last year.

"As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office, you will be a winner!"

Nixon write by hand "Dear Donald" at the top of the letter, signed it "RMN" in blue script and underlined the word "great".

The letter re-surfaced after the Archives Foundation tweeted it in the light of Trump's surprise victory.

During Donahue's talk show, Trump expressed his views on the Reagan administration, saying things had gone "really bad" for the Republican president:

"Well, I'm a Republican and the Reagan administration was doing a great job for the psyche of this country after we went through the catastrophe previous to that, but the last couple years have been really bad for the Reagan administration, unfortunately," Trump told Donahue, according to Buzzfeed.

Trump is not the only leader the Nixons successfully predicted.

President Richard Nixon and first lady Pat Nixon greet Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

President Richard Nixon and first lady Pat Nixon greet Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

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In April 1972, Richard Nixon took part to a black-tie gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for his state visit in Canada.

The event was hosted by Pierre and Margaret Trudeau and after the show Nixon gave a champagne toast during a buffet meal.

"Tonight, we'll dispense with formalities. I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada—to Justin Pierre Trudeau," he said.

Were the Nixons time travellers? Who knows.

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Donald Trump supporters cheer as U.S. presidential election results are announced during a Republican watch party in Phoenix, Arizona, November 8, 2016.

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Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

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Republican presidential elect Donald Trump (L) arrives to speak during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump, shakes hands with Vice-President-elect Mike Pence during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway greet supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cheer as they watch election returns during an election night rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in New York.

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Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.

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US President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016. Trump stunned America and the world Wednesday, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump greets supporters at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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Vice president-elect Mike Pence speaks to supporters at Republican president-elect Donald Trump's election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

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Republican president-elect Donald Trump walks on stage with his son Barron Trump, wife Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

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Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Reince Priebus hugs Republican presidential elect Donald Trump during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani arrives on stage with his wife Judith Nathan as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump addressed supporters at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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US President-elect Donald Trump greets son Eric after speaking at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016. Trump stunned America and the world Wednesday, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.

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Vice president-elect Mike Pence walks on stage with his wife Karen Pence at Republican president-elect Donald Trump election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Americans went to the polls yesterday to choose between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as they go to the polls to vote for the next president of the United States.

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US President-elect Donald Trump arrives with his son Baron and wife Melania at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016. Trump stunned America and the world Wednesday, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, speaks an election night party at the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in a repudiation of the political establishment that jolted financial markets and likely will reorder the nation's priorities and fundamentally alter America's relationship with the world.

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Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during an election night party at the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Trump racked up victory after victory in key states Tuesday to put himself in position to threaten Hillary Clinton for the White House, with the results in three Rust-Belt states likely to determine the next U.S. president.

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Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

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President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.

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Attendees cheer during an election night party for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in a repudiation of the political establishment that jolted financial markets and likely will reorder the nation's priorities and fundamentally alter America's relationship with the world.

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