Before leaving the White House, US President Joe Biden said his predecessor, Donald Trump, left him a very generous letter in the Oval Office. It is customary for outgoing presidents to write a letter to their successors and leave it in the Oval Office for them on the Resolute Desk.
However, it was unclear until Wednesday whether Trump would maintain the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes for their successors, given that the former president broke several of the past traditions, including by opting to skip Biden’s inauguration ceremony and never formally congratulated him on his election victory.
“The President wrote a very generous letter. Since it was private, I’m not going to talk about it until I speak to him. “But it was generous,” Biden told reporters at the White House Oval Office on Wednesday. The president said he plans to talk to Trump.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in her maiden news briefing on Wednesday night that she was with Biden when he read the letter in the Oval Office right before the executive actions were signed.
She declined, however, to give more details about the letter, saying it was “was private, as he (Biden) said to you all”
“It was both generous and gracious, and it was just a reflection of him not planning to release the note unilaterally, but I wouldn’t take it as an indication of an awaiting call with the past president,” Psaki said.