Former President Donald Trump received some bipartisan opprobrium for his decision to skip Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony for his successor, Joe Biden.
Despite eschewing that particular tradition, however, Trump did make an effort to communicate — in the form of a letter — with the incoming president-elect before leaving the White House.
In fact, Biden later offered praise for his predecessor’s remarks in keeping with standard practice in the peaceful transfer of power, as reported by the Daily Caller.
Biden confirms receipt
Bloomberg White House correspondent Jennifer Jacobs revealed the existence of the letter in what she deemed a “scoop” on Twitter.
Scoop: Trump wrote @JoeBiden a note, sources tell me.
Trump never came to the Oval Office this morning, but the letter was left for the incoming president in the Oval via an aide.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 20, 2021
Jacobs noted that outgoing Vice President Mike Pence similarly “left a note” for his successor, Kamala Harris, “on his desk in the West Wing.”
Her initial report was later confirmed by Trump deputy press secretary Judd Deere, who told reporters: “The president left a note for President-elect Biden.”
“It’s a good thing”
As reported by the Daily Caller, Biden himself confirmed his receipt of a letter from Trump on Wednesday afternoon. During his first public event as president, he reacted to a reporter’s question regarding outreach from the previous administration.
“The president wrote a very generous letter, but because it is private I will not talk about it until I talk to him,” the recently inaugurated commander in chief revealed. He went on to reiterate, albeit without any additional details, that Trump’s letter to him was “generous.”
Trump announced earlier this month that he would not be in attendance at Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony — and Biden later expressed his support for the decision.
“It’s a good thing, him not showing up,” Biden said at the time, calling it “one of the few things” on which he and Trump could agree.
In a farewell address to supporters this week, Trump said of the incoming Biden administration that the nation will “pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”