New President Joe Biden said on Wednesday, Jan. 20, that he received a letter from his predecessor Donald Trump, noting that the letter is “very generous,” but he declined to reveal what advice the former president left him.
“The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I will—won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous,” Biden told reporters from the Oval Office.
Former President Trump skipped the inauguration of his successor for a trip to Florida on Wednesday morning.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening, new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that there is no planned call between Biden and former President Trump, USA Today reported.
“This is a letter that was private, as he said to you all,” Psaki said of Biden.
“It was both generous and gracious, and it was just a reflection of him not planning to release the letter unilaterally, but I wouldn’t take it as an indication of a pending call with the former president,” she added.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said that it is a letter between the 45th president and the 46th president and that the former president left a note for his successor before Biden took the oath.
Traditionally, presidents leave a note of congratulations and support behind in the Oval Office for their successors.
Vice President Mike Pence also left a note for his successor, Kamala Harris.