Former President Donald Trump was often knocked by his opponents for ignoring tradition, but there was at least one presidential tradition Trump adhered to on his way out of the White House in January — leaving a letter behind for his successor.
The full contents of that private letter have yet to be publicly revealed, but the former president recently hinted at what was contained in the note he wrote for President Joe Biden, the Independent reported.
On Inauguration Day in January, Politico reported that a letter had been left for Biden in the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office in the White House, according to Trump spokesman Judd Deere.
Biden’s team confirmed the existence of the letter, and when asked about it by reporters, Biden said, “The president wrote a very generous letter,” and added, “Because it was private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him, but it was generous.”
“I wished him luck”
During an interview on Monday for the premiere episode of Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe’s new podcast, Trump was asked about that letter and replied, “Well, I don’t want to say, you know, that’s perhaps up to him and I guess he said he wouldn’t do it without my approval.”
“But basically I wished him luck and, you know, it was a couple of pages long and it was from the heart, because I want to see him do well,” the former president added.
That wasn’t all that Trump had to say in response to Boothe’s question, however. “Look, he’s there,” Trump continued, according to the New York Post. “It was a rigged election, an election that, you know, I would never concede and, by the way, Hillary Clinton said he should never concede. Hillary Clinton, the things she said were so horrible.”
“But you know what, he’s there, and I want him to do well, but that doesn’t include closing up the Keystone Pipeline, which by the way, environmentally is much better than having them on trains, but his friend and supporter Warren Buffett has trains. Nobody ever talks about that,” Trump added.
Trump slams Biden
The Post noted that, aside from his discussion of the well-wishes he left in the note for his successor, Trump slammed Biden throughout much of the interview.
The former president took great exception to the current president’s immediate reversal of his border policies that has sparked a surge of migrants at the southern border and completely overwhelmed the agents and facilities in place for dealing with typical levels of both legal and illicit migration into America.
Trump also attacked Biden for his connections to China and for selling out the American economy, particularly in terms of domestic energy production, in ways that would prove financially beneficial to the communist regime.
According to the Independent, the letter from Trump to Biden will eventually go into the National Archives and Records Administration as a public record, but until that occurs — or either Biden or Trump decide to divulge the full contents — we will just have to continue wondering exactly what was said.