Biden finally speaks on "generous letter" Trump wrote him before departing White House

Biden finally speaks on "generous letter" Trump wrote him before departing White House

- President Joe Biden disclosed that he saw a "generous" letter from his former opponent and predecessor Donald Trump

- The Delaware-born US president stated that in line with the tradition, Trump left a note for him before departing the Oval Office

- Biden, however, told White House journalists that he will keep the content of the letter private

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In line with the tradition of transition in the US, Joe Biden said his immediate predecessor Donald Trump left for him a "generous" note at the Oval office.

Biden and Senator Kamala Harris were inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, as US president and vice respectively after weeks of tension characterised by an attack on The Capitol by the pro-Trump crowd.

Although Trump was not present at the inauguration - with the former president still bearing his conviction of alleged electoral fraud in the November 3 election - Biden said his predecessor was generous enough to drop him a letter.

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Biden finally speaks on "generous letter" Trump wrote him before departing White House
Joe Biden says Trump wrote him a "generous letter" before departing White House on Wednesday. Credit: Doug Mills, Joe Raedle
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The 78-year-old Delaware-born former senator and now 46th US president, however, failed to disclose the content of the letter for a private reason.

Speaking with journalists at the White House, Biden said he would not discuss the letter with the public but assured the note was "generous" one, Reuters reports.

"The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous."

Obama congratulates Biden, Harris

Meanwhile, a former US president, Barack Obama, has congratulated Biden as he was inaugurated as the 46th president of the US.

Obama in a congratulatory tweet on Wednesday, January 20, described Biden as his friend. The former president also said it was Biden’s time.

He accompanied the tweet with a photo of him and Biden holding each other.

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In a related development, Atiku Abubakar, former Nigerian vice president and 2019 general election presidential flagbearer, congratulated the duo of Biden and Harris on their inauguration as US president and vice respectively.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain expressed confidence in Biden-Harris administration solidifying "America's regeneration and her reaffirmation as the beacon of democracy to the world."

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