Administration

Trump leaves Biden a note before departing White House

Former President Trump left a note for President Joe Biden before departing the White House for a final time on Wednesday, a White House official confirmed.

There are no details yet on what the note says. The move keeps with a presidential tradition, despite Trump’s decision to buck other precedents with his exit on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after being sworn in as the next president Wednesday afternoon, Biden called the letter “very generous” but said it was private and declined to disclose its details until he had a chance to speak with Trump.

Trump left Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning without plans to attend Biden’s inauguration later that day. 

Instead, he thanked his family and aides in a farewell speech from Joint Base Andrews and remarked a final time about his administration’s agenda before leaving office. Trump briefly wished the incoming administration luck, but did not mention Biden by name. 

“I will be watching, I will be listening, and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better,” Trump told a group of supporters, aides and family members. “I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they will have great success. They have the foundation to do something very spectacular.” 

Trump left Washington for his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. He took Air Force One there in his final hours as president.

Trump never called Biden or met with him following his election victory. Following the election, Trump contested the results and claimed that they were tainted by widespread voter fraud.

Trump earlier this month finally acknowledged that a new administration would take over on Jan. 20 after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the counting of Electoral College votes confirming Biden’s win.

Former first lady Melania Trump also bucked tradition by not hosting incoming first lady Jill Biden for a “tea and tour” at the White House to mark the transition of power.

While the Trumps did not attend the inauguration of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, former Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence were on hand for the ceremony, as will former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton.

Pence also left a note for Harris at the White House, according to a source familiar with the decision, but the details of the note’s contents are not known. Pence also spoke to Harris by phone last week to offer assistance ahead of the inauguration.

Updated at 5:47 p.m.

Tags Barack Obama Biden inauguration Bill Clinton Donald Trump election 2020 Inauguration Jill Biden Joe Biden Karen Pence Melania Trump Transfer of power

Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Regular the hill posts

People – Image widget – Person – Main Area Top

File - A Chevrolet Bolt is displayed at the Philadelphia Auto Show, Jan. 27, 2023, in Philadelphia. Electric vehicles are far less reliable than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs, mainly because most automakers are still learning how to build a completely new power system, according to this year's auto reliability survey by Consumer Reports.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
File - A Chevrolet Bolt is displayed at the Philadelphia Auto Show, Jan. 27, 2023, in Philadelphia. Electric vehicles are far less reliable than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs, mainly because most automakers are still learning how to build a completely new power system, according to this year's auto reliability survey by Consumer Reports.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

QAT WC-2613

People – Image – Person

In this photo released by the Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev telegram channel, a rescuer gestures as he helps people during an evacuation after storm and flooding in Sevastopol, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. A storm in the Black Sea took down power grids and left almost half a million people without power after it flooded roads, ripped up trees and damaged buildings in Crimea, Russian state news agency Tass said. (Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev's telegram channel via AP)
In this photo released by the Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev telegram channel, a rescuer gestures as he helps people during an evacuation after storm and flooding in Sevastopol, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. A storm in the Black Sea took down power grids and left almost half a million people without power after it flooded roads, ripped up trees and damaged buildings in Crimea, Russian state news agency Tass said. (Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev's telegram channel via AP)

People - Video Bin - Person

The White House is pushing 'Bidenomics,' but what does it mean?

The White House is pushing 'Bidenomics,' but what ...
DC Bureau: AI Legal Immunity (raquel)
KXAN: special session
DC Bureau: Biden economic display (basil)
KTXL: ca budget folo
WHTM: good gov bills
More Videos

Main area middle

See all Hill.TV See all Video

main area bottom custom html

MAIN Area bottom

People – Custom HTML – Person

MAIN AREA BOTTOM

People - Article Bin - 7 Headline List with Featured Image - Person

Main area bottom

Top Stories

See All

Most Popular

Load more