A White House Official confirmed that former President Donald Trump left a note for President Joe Biden before leaving the White House for the last time on Wednesday.
There have been no details released about what the note says. Trump continued the presidential tradition, despite his decision to forego other precedents on his exit on Wednesday.
As he spoke to reporters after being sworn in as the next president on Wednesday afternoon, Biden called the letter “very generous,” however said that it was private and declined to disclose the contents until he had a chance to speak with Trump.
On Wednesday morning, Trump left Washington DC, with no plans to attend Biden’s inauguration, which was taking place later on that day.
He instead chose to thank his family and aides in a farewell speech from Joint Base Andrews and remarked once more about his administration’s plans agenda before he left the office. Trump then wished the incoming administration luck. However, he did not mention Biden by name.
“I will be watching, I will be listening, and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better,” Trump told a group of supporters, aides, and family members. “I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they will have great success. They have the foundation to do something very spectacular.”
Trump left Washington for his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. He took Air Force One there in his final hours as president.
Trump never called Biden or met with him after his election victory was finalized.
Earlier this month, Trump finally acknowledged that a new administration would be taking over on January 20th after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol building to stop counting the Electoral College votes from confirming Biden’s win.
Former first lady Melania Trump also chose to buck tradition by choosing not to host a “tea and tour” at the White House for incoming first lady Jill Biden to mark power transition.
Although the Trumps chose not to attend President Biden’s and Vice President Harris’ inauguration, former President Pence and second lady Karen Pence attended former President Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton.
Pence also reportedly left a note for Harris at the White House. However, the note’s contents are also unknown. Pence also spoke to Harris by phone last week to offer assistance ahead of the inauguration.