Donald Trump letter: Former US President leaves note for Joe Biden, what does it say?

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Donald Trump letter: Former US President leaves note for Joe Biden, what does it say?

Donald Trump has left the White House for the last time. Walking hand in hand with his wife Melania, the billionaire businessman turned politician

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Donald Trump has left the White House for the last time. Walking hand in hand with his wife Melania, the billionaire businessman turned politician turned his back on his home for the past four years as he strode towards Marine One and set off to his new life in Florida. The Republican leaves the office after setting a record to become the first US President to be impeached twice during his tenure in the White House.

He also became the sixth US President to fail to attend his successor’s inauguration today, as he set off in Marine One for Florida after leaving the White House for the last time. 

However there was one handover tradition the outgoing President did honour, and that was to leave his Democrat rival a letter in the Oval Office.

It is a time-honoured tradition that this note is usually left on the Resolute Desk for the new President to read when they first enter their new office.

Some may be humorous, but many offer their successor thanks and hope amid the exchange between the two commanders-in-chief.

When Barack Obama left the White House, he wrote to Mr Trump: “Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.”

But in a warning, he also added: “We are just temporary occupants of this office.

“That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions… that our forebears fought and bled for.

“Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.”

While in his own letter to President Barack Obama eight years earlier, George Bush junior wrote that “critics will rage, your ‘friends’ will disappoint you,” but ”no matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.”

It is thought the tradition started with Ronald Reagan, who left a pithy note  to George H W Bush on stationery that read ‘Don’t let the turkeys get you down’.

He penned: “George, I treasure the memories we share and I wish you all the very best. You’ll be in my prayers.”

While in return, George H.W. Bush’s note to Bill Clinton, said: “There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair.

“I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

“You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”



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