Trump claims that he dedicated a significant amount of time to crafting the letter he left for Biden at the White House.
Former President Donald Trump commented on the “kind message” he wrote for President Joe Biden upon leaving office in 2021.
After being asked by “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker to provide some insight into the letter, Trump responded, “It’s quite intriguing. He stated that it’s my responsibility to take action, but I believe it’s actually his responsibility.”
“I believe the note was quite pleasant. I dedicated a significant amount of time to contemplate it. I would appreciate it if he could excel in his role, regardless of any negative political implications.”
In 2021, Biden referred to the letter as “very generous,” which is part of a tradition where outgoing presidents leave notes for their successors.
He refrained from giving specific information about the letter at that moment, stating that it was a private matter and he would only discuss it after speaking with Trump.
Months after Biden took office, Trump expressed his sincere well wishes to him in a heartfelt letter, as shared with Lisa Boothe.
According to the book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Biden discovered the Trump letter in the Oval Office and was surprised by its graciousness. He decided to keep it to himself and did not share it with his advisors.
Last year, Jen Psaki, who previously served as press secretary for the Biden administration, informed Rob Lowe that the president personally read the letter upon finding it.
Psaki mentioned that regardless of people’s agreement or disagreement with his politics, he handled the situation with great elegance by not explicitly revealing the contents of the letter in that particular moment.
She added, “The duration was quite lengthy. The script, as far as I could tell, was beautifully written.”
The letters written by presidents are sent to the National Archives and can be accessed by the public.