WASHINGTON — President Biden will keep the letter former President Donald Trump left for him in the Oval Office private, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.
Biden also has no plans to call his predecessor to thank him for the message, she revealed.
Trump left a note for Biden on his last day as commander in chief, keeping with a decades-old tradition Ronald Regan started in 1989 when he left a message on the Resolute Desk for George H.W. Bush telling him that he was praying for his success.
“There are no calls to report on and I don’t have any update on the letter,” Psaki told reporters in the briefing room on Friday morning.
“As I said, when we were talking about this about a week and a half ago, it seems longer than that, I’m going to acknowledge, the president of course thought the letter was gracious and generous, but he plans to keep it private,” she said.
Last week, Biden confirmed he got Trump’s letter but refused to say what the message said.
“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.
The note was the only handover between the two commanders-in-chief after Trump decided not to attend Biden’s inauguration — breaking 152 years of tradition.
It’s believed the last time the pair spoke was at their final presidential debate on October 22 in Nashville, TN.
In 2016, Barack Obama also left a letter for Trump after his upset win that congratulated him “on a remarkable run.”
Trump said he would “cherish” the “beautiful” letter and called his predecessor to thank him.
“It was long. It was complex. It was thoughtful,” Trump told ABC News a week after his inauguration. “And it took time to do it, and I appreciated it.”