He skipped President Biden’s inauguration, but former President Donald Trump said in an interview that he “took a lot of time” to write his successor a “nice note.”
In an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump talked about the one piece of White House transition tradition he decided to keep.
“I left him a note,” he told host Kristen Welker.
“I think it was a very nice note. “I took a lot of time to think about it.”
“I would love for him to do a great job, even if politically it was very bad,” he added.
In 2021, Biden told reporters that Trump, following a custom started by Ronald Reagan in 1989, had left him a message on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on his last day as commander in chief.
“The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden said, refusing to divulge its contents.
Former President Donald Trump says he left Joe Biden a “nice note” as he bid farewell to the White House in 2021.REUTERS
“Since it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him,” he explained.
“But he was generous.”
Trump, who left the White House hours before the start of Inauguration Day power transfer ceremonies, was the first living president in 152 years not to attend his successor’s inauguration, and the two never spoke afterwards. .
Biden told reporters in 2021 that Trump had written him a “very generous letter,” but did not reveal its contents.AP
In the new “Meet the Press” interview, Trump declared that Biden, 80, is not “too old” to be president.
“[You] You know, some of the greatest world leaders have been over 80 years old,” the 77-year-old Republican candidate said.
“By the way, I’m not very close to 80.”
Trump said in a new interview that he “took a long time” to write the “nice note.”
“I don’t think Biden is too old, but I think he’s incompetent,” Trump added.
“And that’s a bigger problem.”