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The president of the United States, Joe Biden, said Wednesday that his predecessor Donald Trump left him a “very generous” letter in the Oval Office, fulfilling a tradition of the change of command, although he did not attend the ceremony.
“The president left me a very generous letter”Biden told reporters at the White House.
Because Trump announced that he would not attend the handover ceremony and never congratulated his rival in the presidential election, much expectation was raised about whether he would comply with the rite of leaving a message for his successor.
However, Biden’s announcement did not reveal the content of the message, as the president indicated that the letter is private. “Because it is private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him,” he told correspondents.
Joe Biden adjusts his face mask while signing executive orders and speaking to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on his first day as US President.
Minutes after Trump’s departure from the White House, a spokesman for the Executive branch had confirmed the existence of the letter, which upholds tradition in Washington DC.
“We are only temporary occupants of this position,” Barack Obama wrote to Trump four years ago. “This makes us guardians of democratic institutions and traditions such as the rule of law, the separation of powers, the protection of civil rights for which our ancestors fought,” he added in that letter.
Trump’s new normal
Donald Trump resumed his life as a common citizen in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, his luxurious golf club in Florida, away from the spotlight that was focused on the inauguration of Biden.
Former President Barack Obama was present at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Capitol Hill on January 20, 2017
When the ceremony for his Democratic successor was at its height in Washington, the billionaire drove to his club in West Palm Beach, escorted by about thirty cars. One of them was carrying the military officer who was carrying the famous suitcase with the nuclear codes.
Trump flew to Florida for the last time on Air Force One. He was accompanied on board by his wife Melania and their son Barron, in addition to the eldest sons of the magnate: Donald Jr, Ivanka y Eric.
The former president, who did not comment to reporters during the flight, was received by hundreds of supporters. Fans lined the route leading to Mar-a-Lago, waving American or Republican Party campaign flags.
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