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Jan. 20, 2021, 5:25 p.m. EST

Trump did leave Oval Office note to Biden, says press aide

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President Donald Trump has followed at least one presidential tradition, it is being reported Wednesday morning.

The White House says the Republican president left behind a note for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden.

Deputy press secretary Judd Deere declined to reveal what Trump wrote to Biden or to characterize the sentiment in the note, citing privacy for communication between presidents.

Trump has refused to publicly concede the Nov. 3 election to Biden — who won the popular vote by more than 7 million and the Electoral College 306-232 — and did not mention the Democrat by name in a pair of farewell addresses.

Trump interrupted many traditions of the presidency, including by not attending Biden’s inauguration, which is set for noon Wednesday. Trump also did not invite Biden to the White House for a meeting after Biden was declared the winner of November’s presidential election.

Asked about the note later in the day, after taking up position behind the Resolute Desk as president, Biden characterized the letter as “generous” but said he would not comment on what it contained as he had not had the opportunity to speak with Trump to seek his permission to divulge the former president’s words.

Trump left the White House for the final time as president on Wednesday morning, saying, “It’s been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime.”

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