Obama is still president in welcome letter sent to new US citizens


Around 200 letters congratulating new citizens of the United States have been distributed since Donald Trump took office with former president Barack Obama's signature on them instead of Trump's.

Aisha Sultan, a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, took to Twitter on Friday, posting a picture of the letter that her British-born husband had received congratulating him on becoming a citizen. The letter incorrectly identified Obama as being the president.

"We embrace you as a new citizen of our land, and we welcome you to the American family," the letter read, with Obama's signature at the bottom.

Others on Twitter laughed about the mistake or pointed to similar stories. One user who commented on Sultan's photo told the story of how, in March, Obama's congratulatory video was played during her husband's citizenship ceremony, and "everyone cheered."

USCIS press secretary Gillian Christensen told The Hill that the letters being distributed were an oversight and that, typically, incoming presidents and administrations produce their own letters and videos to give to the department. However, Maria Elena Upson, another USCIS spokeswoman, told Arizona Central last month that they did not yet have a letter or video from the administration, though that was not uncommon, as incoming administrations may take a few months to get settled and to get around to things like that.

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Questions and answers on the US Citizenship Test
How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Answer: 27

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Who makes federal laws?

Answer: Congress, Senate, House of Representatives 

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The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

Answer: 'We the People'

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We elect a US Senator for how many years?

Answer: Six (at a time)

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The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

Answer: 435

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Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

Answers: To print money, to declare war, to create an army, to make treaties

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If both the president and vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

Answer: Speaker of the House

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What are two Cabinet-level positions?

Answers: Vice President, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General

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Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: Thomas Jefferson

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When was the Constitution written?

Answer: 1787

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