February 27, 2021

Biden says Trump wrote him ‘a very generous’ letter before he left White House

Donald Trump eschewed most of the traditional roles a president fills for the inauguration of his successor, except one: He left a letter for President Joe Biden.

White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed Wednesday before Biden took the oath that Trump left a note for his successor. Presidents usually leave a note of congratulations and support behind in the Oval Office, but some had questioned whether Trump would do so given his hesitancy to even acknowledge Biden’s victory.

The White House did not release contents of Trump’s note: “It’s a letter between 45 and 46,” Deere said.

Later on Wednesday, Biden confirmed he received the letter, telling reporters from the Oval Office that the note was “very generous.”

“The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden said. “Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.”

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