As petty as Donald Trump can be, it’s happy to hear he did not rain on President Joe Biden’s parade. Before leaving the White House, Trump left the incoming president a “very generous letter.”
Today was a happy and historic day for Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. As he sat behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, following the execution of Day One executive orders, Biden spoke of the letter without detailing its contents 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.”
According to CNN, a senior Trump aide told the outlet it was a “personal note” that prays for the country’s success and that the Biden administration will care for the country.
The aide said Trump’s letter was one of his many to do’s while in the Oval Office on Tuesday night.
Unlike his wife Melania—who didn’t follow the “tea and tour” tradition—Trump followed the modern tradition of leaving his successor a letter on the Resolute Desk.
According to a source, Trump did not show the note to many of his aides.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, also declined to give more insight on the letter’s message, but piggybacked off Biden’s comments saying, “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.”
Some are surprised that Trump held this tradition, considering that he ignored other peaceful transition elements. However, Trump may have been encouraged to do the same, seeing that he received a letter from Forever President Barack Obama at a time many were appalled that he won the 2016 presidential election.
Trump tried reaching out to Obama after reading the letter but was unable to reach him. When an Obama aide returned the call, Trump’s staffers said he wanted to thank Obama for the note. However, the two never connected directly, CNN reports.
“It was long. It was complex. It was thoughtful,” Trump said of the letter the week after taking office in an interview with ABC News. “And it took time to do it, and I appreciated it.”
He later showed the letter to those that visited the Oval Office.
During Trump’s farewell speech, he did not say Biden’s name, but he did wish the “new administration great luck and great success.”