“The President wrote a really beneficiant letter,” Biden informed reporters. “Because it was personal, I can’t speak about it till I discuss to him, however it was beneficiant.”
A senior Trump aide described the letter to CNN as a “private observe” that prays for the success of the nation and the brand new administration to look after the nation. The aide mentioned writing the letter to Biden was one of many many gadgets on Trump’s record within the Oval Office Tuesday evening.
Trump didn’t present the observe he left Biden to a lot of his aides, in accordance to one particular person.
In a briefing Wednesday evening, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to supply extra particulars on the letter Trump left for Biden, telling reporters that, based mostly on feedback from Biden, “it is a letter that was personal, as he mentioned to you all, it was each beneficiant and gracious, and it was only a reflection of him not planning to launch the letter unilaterally.”
While it could appear shocking Trump upheld this custom when he ignored each different ingredient of a peaceable handoff, it’s in step with his previous enthusiasm on the letter he acquired from President Barack Obama.
Trump was so taken with Obama’s letter that he tried phoning him as quickly as he learn it on Inauguration Day in 2017. But Obama was nonetheless flying to Palm Springs on the presidential plane and could not take the decision.
When one in every of Obama’s aides reached again out to the White House to return the decision, the brand new President’s staffers mentioned Trump simply wished to say thanks for the observe — and wished Obama to get the message. The males by no means linked immediately.
“It was lengthy. It was advanced. It was considerate,” Trump mentioned of the letter the week after taking workplace in an interview with ABC News. “And it took time to do it, and I appreciated it.”
Later, he confirmed off the letter to guests within the Oval Office.
In his farewell deal with on Wednesday, Trump didn’t title Biden, however mentioned he wished the “new administration nice luck and nice success.”
This comes after Trump spent months mendacity concerning the presidential election being rigged in opposition to him and spreading baseless conspiracy theories about voter fraud. He incited a violent mob to storm the US Capitol, which left 5 individuals useless together with a Capitol Police officer. He was just lately impeached by the House of Representatives for his function in inciting that lethal Capitol assault, and there will likely be a trial within the US Senate.
Former Vice President Mike Pence additionally left a letter for Vice President Kamala Harris. Pence attended Biden’s inauguration, and as he was departing the US Capitol after the ceremony, Pence and former second girl Karen Pence shared amusing with Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.