President Biden shared with reporters Wednesday that former President Trump left him a “very generous” letter, which the former president left before departing the White House Wednesday morning, according to Fox News.
“The president wrote a very generous letter. I’m not going to talk about it because it was private, so I will not talk about it until I talk to him, but it was generous,” Biden said, answering a question about the letter from a reporter. This question happened to be the only letter Biden took from the press.
Biden went on to speak about signing a plethora of executive orders in his new office.
Trump spokesperson Judd Deere confirmed that former President Trump had left the letter to his successor in the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office, as is the reported tradition.
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence also left Vice President Kamala Harris a handwritten note. He also left the new administration a report from the coronavirus Task Force—which Pence had led for the majority of 2020.
Fox News reported:
While Trump broke a century and a half tradition in not attending the inauguration of his successor, he kept with the now 32-year tradition of the departing commander in chief writing a note to the incoming president.
Biden had signed three executive orders before the press was shooed out of the room, but he was expected to sign 17 orders on his first day in office. The first one was, as anticipated, his mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel.
The second Biden described as “support for underserved communities” and “equity in how we treat people in health care, other things,” Fox News reported.
The second order served to “define equity as the consistent and systemic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals,” including those who “belong to underserved communities such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; LGBTQ persons; people with disabilities religious minorities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality.”
The third executive order reentered the U.S. into the Paris Climate Accords after the Trump administration officially left the agreement last year. The Paris Agreement was a global pact created during the Obama administration to combat climate change.
Fox News concluded:
Biden’s other executive orders, signed off-camera, dealt with reversing Trump’s immigration policies, including undocumented residents in the census count, reengaging in the World Health Organization, reinstituting environmental regulations Trump rolled back, and revoking the Keystone pipeline permit, among other priorities.
It is uncertain when and if Biden intends to share the contents of the letter Trump left him in the Oval Office, but it is noteworthy that Biden considered it to be a kind gesture.