On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden took oath as the President of the United States (US). In context to this, a letter claiming to be from former US president Donald Trump to Joe Biden has gone viral on social media. In the letter it is written, "Joe, you know I won."
The image of the letter is shared by many on Twitter.
Singer Adnan Sami also tweeted the image of the letter.
Below are the tweets by some more prominent people who shared the image.
Many Facebook users are also sharing the letter.
Donald Trump in his letter to Joe Biden wrote, "Joe, you know I won."
Before leaving the White House, Trump did left a letter for Joe Biden, but the White House has not released the contents of Trump's letter. USA Today reported that Judd Deere, the spokesperson of White House, confirmed that Trump wrote a letter to Biden but denied to disclose its content, saying, "It's a letter between 45 and 46."
Reuters reported that Biden said that he received Trump's letter and called it "very generous". Biden said, "The President wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous."
We compared an official letter written by Donald Trump to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representative in 2019, the letter was fact-checked by The New York Times. We found that the date formats in both the letters are different. While in the viral letter, it is in DD-MM-YYYY format, the original letter has the date in MM-DD-YYYY format. We also observed that the POTUS seal in both the logo is also different.
Another letter similar to the viral letter purportedly by Trump to Biden is also being shared online.
I found the letter Donald Trump left for POTUS Joe Biden.Posted by Justin Grubbs on Wednesday, 20 January 2021
The tradition of writing a letter to the newly elected President of the US by the former President while leaving the office:
This tradition started on January 20, 1989, when Ronald Reagan was passing the presidential baton to his vice president, George H.W. Bush, according to The Washington Post. At that time, Reagan wrote a letter to Bush while leaving the Oval Office, on some stationery illustrated by Sandra K. Boynton, showing a cartoon elephant covered in turkeys, with the caption, "Don't let the turkeys get you down."
Since then the tradition started and is still going on.
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