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Trump leaves letter for Biden before departing White House

Tom Brenner / Reuters

It’s traditional for outgoing presidents to leave a note for their successor

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 9:53 AM

FOX News- President Trump left a note for incoming President Joe Biden before departing the White House, Fox News is told.

A source told Fox News the contents of this note are just between Trump and Biden. It’s traditional for outgoing presidents to leave a note for their successor.

Fox confirms the note Trump left for Biden is in the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

While Trump is breaking a century and a half tradition of every outgoing president attending the inauguration of their successor, he is keeping with the now 32-year tradition of the departing commander-in-chief writing a note to the incoming president.

As he left the White House in January 1989 after two terms in office, President Ronald Reagan started the tradition - leaving a note for his successor, George H.W. Bush, who also happened to be his vice president.

Four years later, despite losing to then-Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas in a bitterly contested election, outgoing President Bush left Clinton a note in the Oval Office. The tradition has carried on to this day.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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