Donald Trump sent a letter to his successor Joe Biden before leaving the White House, spokesman Judd Derry told AFP a few minutes after the outgoing president left.
Trump, who has refused to concede defeat for more than two months, has never congratulated Biden on his victory. “We are only temporarily occupying this office,” Barack Obama wrote in a note to Trump four years ago, which, according to presidential tradition, went to the Oval Office.
“It makes us the custodians of the democratic institutions and traditions … that our forefathers fight for and shed their blood for. Keep these tools of democracy at least as strong as we have, “he added.
The letter was written by George HW Bush to Bill Clinton, who was left out of the class by the president, who became president for a term after defeating Bush in the 1992 election.
The letter that Bush left after leaving the White House in 1993 recalled his “sense of surprise and respect” as he entered the Oval Office four years ago. “Hard times are coming … just don’t let the critics discourage you or oust you,” Bush wrote.
He told his opponents, “When you read this note, you will be our president. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success is now the success of our country. Good luck, “he told his opponent.