- Biden said it was “surprisingly elegant” that Trump left him a letter in the Oval Office.
- That’s according to an upcoming book by Chris Whipple about the Biden presidency.
- Biden said Trump’s letter was “very gracious and generous,” according to a quote obtained by Politico.
According to presidential tradition, outgoing US presidents leave a letter for their successors at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office before leaving the White House.
According to an excerpt from Chris Whipple’s forthcoming book “The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House,” this is a tradition that former President Donald Trump followed when he left the Oval Office, and President Joe Biden was “surprisingly A move he describes as “graceful”. .” Politico had a copy of the book in advance.
“It was so gracious and generous… It was surprisingly kind,” said Biden, according to Politico’s quote from Whipple’s book.
White House spokesman Robyn Patterson told Politico, “We respect that there will be no shortage of books about the administration that contain a wide variety of allegations.”
Patterson added, “As far as the details of these allegations are concerned, we do not plan to confirm or deny them. The author did not give us a chance to verify the materials cited here.”
A Trump spokesperson and representatives at the White House press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment sent outside of normal business hours.
Biden first announced in January 2021 that Trump left him a letter. This was after Trump downplayed Biden’s inauguration and refused to accept the election while continuing to repeat unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud.
“The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden told reporters on January 20, 2021. “I won’t talk about it until I talk to him because he’s private, but he was generous.”
—ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2021
Trump also briefly mentioned the letter on the March 2021 episode of the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe.”
“I basically wished him luck and, you know, it was a few pages long and heartfelt. Because I want to see him succeed,” Trump said.
Jen Psaki, then White House press secretary, described the moment Biden found Trump’s letter on the February 17 episode of the podcast “Literally! With Robe Lowe.”
“Before I had my first briefing, I was in the Oval Office talking to him about the briefing and anything he wanted or expected me to convey,” Psaki said. “I said, ‘You know, I think you’re going to be asked about the letter the ex-president left you.’ And he said, ‘Oh, did he leave me a letter?'”
Psaki said Biden read the letter in front of him, but that he was a “classy man” and kept the contents to himself.
“It took a long time,” Psaki said of the letter. “From what I could see, the script was very good.”