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Although the content of the letter has not been disclosed, Trump’s press adviser Judd Deere confirmed that the note had been left on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

Biden declined to go into detail about what the letter said.

“The president wrote a very generous letter,” he said.

“Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But he was generous.”

The letter between presidents began when Ronald Reagan wrote to George HW Bush.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the first presidential debate.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the first presidential debate. (AP)

Mr. Reagan included a cartoon with the caption, “Don’t let turkeys get you down.”

When Bush was defeated by Bill Clinton four years later, his note was humble and conciliatory.

“His success is now the success of our country. I support him very much,” he wrote.

“There will be very difficult times, even more difficult due to criticism that you may not consider fair.”

Clinton wished Bush’s son George W “success and much happiness.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, hugs his wife Jill Biden as President Donald Trump supports first lady Melania Trump.
Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill Biden while President Donald Trump supports first lady Melania Trump. (AP)

“The burdens they now bear are great but often exaggerated,” Clinton wrote.

“The sheer joy of doing what you think is right is inexpressible.”

George W. Bush’s letter to Barack Obama described the presidency as “a fantastic chapter in his life.”

“There will be difficult times. Critics will rage. Your ‘friends’ will disappoint you,” Bush wrote.

“But you will have an Almighty God who will comfort you, a family that loves you and a country that will support you, including me.”

Barack Obama’s letter to Trump said there was “no clear plan for success” in the Oval Office.

Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and George W Bush in 2010.
Presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and George W Bush in 2010. (AP)

“We are only temporary occupants of this office.

“That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions, such as the rule of law, the separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties, for which our ancestors fought and bled.”

“Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it is up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.”

The president will begin the process of undoing Donald Trump’s legacy on his first day with 17 executive actions.

It will order a halt to the construction of Trump’s much-touted border wall with Mexico.

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Biden will order the use of face masks in federal buildings, an order that Trump resisted.

It will rejoin the Paris climate accords and halt the United States’ departure from the World Health Organization.

It will also install a coronavirus response coordinator to oversee efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies.

Joe Biden has called for unity in his keynote speech.
Joe Biden has called for unity in his keynote speech. (AP)

Biden will also extend a pause on student loan payments and the national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until March 31.

It will cancel the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and order agencies to review and reverse other decisions made by the Trump administration on the environment.

Biden will also rescind the Commission of 1776, which Trump ordered to support “patriotic education.”


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