While he didn’t attend Biden’s (fake) Inauguration, President Trump reportedly did keep with tradition in leaving him a note.
The exact contents have not yet been revealed but here’s what Biden said about it today.
Biden on Trump's letter: "The President wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous." pic.twitter.com/pe3njsA3GN
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President Joe Biden said Wednesday that former President Donald Trump left him a “very generous letter” before departing the White House.
Biden, speaking from the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office after signing Day One executive orders, said he would not immediately reveal the contents of the letter out of respect for Trump.
“The President wrote a very generous letter,” Biden told reporters. “Because it was private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him, but it was generous.”
A senior Trump aide described the letter to CNN as a “personal note” that prays for the success of the country and the new administration to care for the country. The aide said writing the letter to Biden was one of the many items on Trump’s list in the Oval Office Tuesday night.
It is a modern tradition for outgoing presidents to write their successors a letter and leave it for them on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
Trump did not show the note he left Biden to many of his aides, according to one person.
In a briefing Wednesday night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to offer more details on the letter Trump left for Biden, telling reporters that, based on comments from Biden, “this is a letter that was private, as he said to you all, it was both generous and gracious, and it was just a reflection of him not planning to release the letter unilaterally.”
While it may seem surprising Trump upheld this tradition when he ignored every other element of a peaceful handoff, it is in keeping with his past enthusiasm at the letter he received from President Barack Obama.
Trump was so taken with Obama’s letter that he tried phoning him as soon as he read it on Inauguration Day in 2017. But Obama was still flying to Palm Springs on the presidential aircraft and couldn’t take the call.
Meanwhile, Jesse Waters claims to have inside sources telling him what the note said:
“We do have some news that I’m going to break here. Some of my sources have read the letter that the President left for Joe Biden in the resolute desk,” Watters joked.
“It says ‘Dear Joe, to make you feel at home, I drew you a map to show you how to get to the basement. You’re welcome,” he begins as the co-hosts start to catch on to the joke.
“I don’t have any advice for you since I just went with my instincts here every day. I have great instincts as you well know, thats why I fired Comey. Here’s a little heads up. Space force was actually a joke, but it caught on so we kind of just went with it. P.S. Thanks for building the cages, don’t touch the wall, I boobie-trapped it.
Funny Waters-World, but I actually think these are better: