Contact the President of the United States

Do you have questions or concerns about what is happening in the United States today? Do you want to know what the President's plans are for the economy in the future? Whether you have a serious question for the President, or you just want to drop a line to say hello, there are several tried and true ways to contact the President of the United States. We'll show you how.


Sample Letters to the President

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By Regular Mail

  1. Write your letter. You may love the President, or you may hate the President. Regardless of your sentiments, or the purpose of your letter—be it condemnation or praise—remember that you're writing to the leader of the United States, and arguably the most powerful single person on the planet.
    • Note, the White House requests that you either type your letter on an 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper, or if you hand-write it, use ink and your most legible handwriting.
    • Format it as you would a business letter, or any formal communication:
    • Your name and address at the top right, including email address, with the date written out below that.
    • Below your name and address, and on the left side, put the following:The President
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
    • Salutation: Dear Mr. President
    • Write an honest, but respectful letter, stating your thoughts clearly and reasonably. This will be especially useful if you want your letter to actually be read. Unless you have a fondness for men in black, unmarked helicopters, and looking at the business end of a gun, don't include any threats—overt or otherwise.
    • Close: Most Respectfully,
    • Sign your name.
  2. Prepare the envelope. Fold your letter, and slide it into the envelope.
    • Write the address of the White House as shown below:The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
    • Add your return address on the top left.
  3. Send it off. Seal the envelope and take it to your nearest Post Office or letter carrier.

Via the White House Website

  1. Say your piece. White House wants you to have a voice (as long as you keep it at 2,500 characters or less).
  2. Go to The White They respectfully request you use the form as shown to enter your comments online. You will enter the following required information:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Email address
    • Zip code
    • Subject (choose from a menu any of 20 possible topics, from Afghanistan to Taxes, or "Other..."
    • Message (up to 2,500 characters). Follow the same conventions as listed above: address the president as "Dear Mr. President," maintain a respectful tone, and close with "Most Respectfully."
    • The machine (and most normal human)-unreadable Captcha words.
    • Click the checkboxes to enable updates from the White House and/or a response to your letter, then click Submit. Your letter is sent!

By Email

  1. Launch your email. Democrat or Republican, Windows or Macintosh, email is bipartisan all the way!
  2. Create a new, blank document. Follow the guidelines above for letter formatting and content. Other than the means of delivery, an email is the same as a regular letter.
  3. Send your email.
  4. Enter the Subject information. Decide upon a good, simple subject to name your email. Consider using "Regarding [topic]" as a format.
  5. Write your letter. Keep it concise, keep it clear. Type your letter into the body of the email.
  6. Send. Once the email is complete, click the Send button

By Phone

  1. Pick up your phone. Dial one of the following numbers, as needs dictate:
    • Comments: 202-456-1111
    • Switchboard: 202-456-1414
  2. Follow any guidelines. These may be given by a person or automated program when the call is answered.
  3. State your request. Ask to speak to whomever you are wishing to call, which in this case, is likely the President.
  4. Press end, or hang up the telephone when you are complete.

By Twitter

  1. Go to
  2. Sign up for a free account if you don't have one already.
  3. Compose your message in 140 characters or less and be sure to include the Twitter handles @WhiteHouse, @realDonaldTrump and/or @POTUS. Those are the mechanisms that serve to address your tweet specifically to the President. Note that in four years (mid January 2021-whenever), the president's official personal handle might no longer be relevant, but the @WhiteHouse and @POTUS handle probably will be.
  4. An Example Tweet: @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse Dear Mr. President: Please don't cut Social Security & Medicare benefits 2 middle class & poor people who voted 4 you!
  5. Click the SEND button to issue your tweet
  6. Remember, please be polite. It is OK to use texting type abbreviations, but no cussing or other vulgarity if you want to be taken seriously.

By Facebook

  1. First, you will have to create your own Facebook account, if you don't already have one. Log in.
  2. Go to
  3. Enter your comments under a post about a topic that concerns you. There doesn't appear to be a generic option for you to comment on anything at random.
  4. Remember, please be polite. No cussing or other vulgarity if you want to be taken seriously.
  5. Congratulate yourself. Congratulations, you've done your civic duty!


  • Except for family members, friends and members of Congress, almost no one who is not on the President's staff or Cabinet sees or speaks with the President without first going through a member of his staff or Cabinet.
  • If you are an expert in some field, and you wish to speak with the President, first contact the Cabinet member who would be responsible for that area. For example, an expert in teaching methods would need to contact the head of the Department of Education.
  • Do not expect to reach the President himself unless there is some special reason that he would want to speak to you. You will probably speak with a staff member. Most correspondence to the President is handled by a staff member.
  • Write what you want to say, but do so in a professional manner. Even the slightest hint of a threat might get you into trouble. Word your letter, or email, with extreme caution.


  • Because of security concerns, refrain from sending food items such as candy, or perishable items such as flowers to the President, the First Lady, or the Vice President.
  • Please, be aware that you may not get a prompt or even any reply from the President or his staff.
  • Reiterating what is mentioned above, say what you want to say in a professional manner and do not include any overt or covert threats. The United States Secret Service takes these threats very seriously, and will investigate each one to ensure that the President of the United States is protected. If your letter is judged to be threatening in any way odds are very good that you will end up being investigated. Threatening the President of the United States is a Class E Felony, which carries a punishment that includes prison time (among other things), so weigh your words with care.[1]

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