President Joe Biden said that outgoing president Donald Trump had left him an “exceptionally generous” letter in the Oval Office, with regards to tradition.
“The president composed an exceptionally generous letter,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“Since it’s private, I won’t discuss it until I converse with him,” he said.
It was indistinct until Wednesday whether Trump would keep up the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes for their successors after he decided to avoid Biden’s inauguration and never officially congratulated him on his victory in the presidential poll.
Donald Trump left a letter to his successor Joe Biden before going out of the White House, spokesman Judd Deere told AFP minutes after the outgoing president’s takeoff from the White House.
Trump, who would not acknowledge his defeat for over two months, never complimented Biden on his triumph.
“We are simply brief tenants of this office,” Barack Obama wrote in his own note to Trump four years back, left in the Oval Office in accordance with presidential tradition.
“That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions… that our ancestors battled and bled for. Despite of the push and pull of day to day politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at any rate as strong as we met them,” he added.
The letter promoted as one of the most tasteful left by a president was composed by Republican George H.W. Shrub to Bill Clinton, who had made Bush a one-term president in the wake of defeating him in the 1992 presidential poll.
The letter, which Bush left as he left the White House in 1993, recalled his “feeling of marvel and regard” as he walked in to the Oval Office four years earlier.
“There will be difficult stretches … simply don’t allow the critics to debilitate you or push you off course,” Bush wrote.
“You will be our president when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success now is our nation’s success. I am rooting hard for you. Best of luck,” he told his rival.
We await a discuss of the “exceptionally generous” letter Trump wrote President Biden, if he wishes disclose it after talking with Trump as he said he would.