While Mr. Biden declined to reveal the contents of the letter, Mr. Trump was questioned in a new podcast interview released on Monday about what he said to the new president.
“Well, I don’t mean, you know it maybe up to him and I guess he said he wouldn’t do it without my approval,” Mr. Trump began.
“But basically I wished him luck and, you know, it was a few pages and it came from the heart because I want to see him do well.”
The account is consistent with Mr. Biden’s own public comments on the letter, which the president confirmed was awaiting him on the Resolute Desk.
“The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden said previously. “Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to her. But it was generous. ”
The letter will eventually enter the public record in the National Archives and Records Administration under the Presidential Archives Law. But the White House declined to provide a reading when questioned by reporters, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying the president did not specifically intend to seek approval from his predecessor to publish the full note.
“It’s a private letter, as he told all of you. It was both generous and courteous, and it was just a reflection of his intention not to publish the letter unilaterally, ”Ms. Psaki said.
After telling podcast host Lisa Boothe that he sincerely wished Mr. Biden the best of luck as the new president, Mr. Trump quickly swung around to say that he had not admitted that he had lost the ‘election.
“Listen, he’s here. It was a rigged election, an election you know, I would never concede and by the way, Hillary Clinton said he should never concede. Hillary Clinton, the things she said were so horrible, ”Mr. Trump said.
“But you know what, he’s there, and I want him to do right, but that doesn’t include shutting down the Keystone pipeline, which, by the way, is much better environmentally than having them in.” trains, but his friend and supporter Warren Buffett has trains. No one ever talks about it.