While speaking on a podcast, former President Donald Trump admitted that he left his successor a “couple page” letter “from the heart” before he left the White House for the final time, following a long tradition by outgoing presidents. Although Trump criticized Biden’s changes to immigration policy at the southern border, he did say that “basically, I wish him luck” during his appearance on the Lisa Boothe podcast.
For a long time, outgoing presidents have left notes or letters to their successors. However, since Trump did not go to President Biden’s inauguration, it was not certain whether he wrote him a letter or not. Trump decided to put that rumor to rest by telling Boothe about the couple pages he wrote for Biden before leaving the White House for the final time.
On January 20, 2021, Biden confirmed that he found a letter waiting for him when he entered the Oval Office for the first time as president. The letter was left on the Resolute Desk and was addressed to the forty-sixth president.
“The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden said at the time. “Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.”
Trump echoed Biden’s statement and told Boothe that he wrote a letter that was a “couple of pages long, and it was from the heart because I want to see him do well.”
Both Biden and Trump have not wanted to talk about the “private” contents of Trump’s letter. It is believed that the note was the only time the pair had been in communication with each other since their final presidential debate in October 2020.
Nevertheless, Boothe tried to get Trump to spill the beans on the note and reveal its contents, but Trump denied her that privilege.
“I don’t want to say. That’s, you know, perhaps up to him, and I guess he said he wouldn’t do it without my approval.”
Eventually, Trump’s letter will be entered into the archives under The Presidential Records Act and will be made public. The letter will go into a collection at the National Archives and Records Administration.
During the podcast interview, which lasted about sixty minutes, Trump continued his claim that he was a victim of a “witch hunt” and that Republicans like former Vice President Mike Pence did not support his illegal effort to overturn the election.
Trump also told Boothe that despite what the media claims, he never conceded his loss to Biden.
“Look, he’s there. It was a rigged election, you know, I would never concede,” the former president said.
Trump also took the opportunity to criticize Biden over the migrant push at the southern border and urged Biden to build the wall that he couldn’t finish.
“You have some really bad ones coming, really dangerous criminals coming up, and we’re allowing them to come right into our country. It’s insane. And it’s nothing compared to what it’s going to be over the coming months,” Trump said.
What do you think Trump wrote to Biden in his letter?
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