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President Donald Trump broke with a number of traditions during the transition to Joe Biden's presidency, but he appears to have participated in one recent custom on his way out of office.
The outgoing president left a handwritten note to his successor on Wednesday as Joe Biden was set to be sworn in as the nation's 46th president, continuing a cordial tradition that goes back to at least the 1980s.
Donald Trump left a note for Joe Biden to continue presidential tradition
Trump continued an Inauguration Day custom by leaving a personal notes to his successor. The tradition dates back to at least the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan handed off power to George H.W. Bush
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told NBC News White House correspondent Monica Alba Wednesday that Trump did leave a note for Biden, continuing a tradition that at least five prior presidents have taken part in since the administration of Ronald Reagan.
The note was left in the Oval Office by an aide, an administration source said.
Later Wednesday evening, as Biden signed his first executive orders as president, he responded to a question from the press about the letter.
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