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Trump just leaves mail for Biden

Failing to shake his hand, the former US president sent a letter to his successor in the White House. Failing to attend the swearing-in, the billionaire therefore complied there with an American tradition.

Failing to shake his hand, the former US president sent a letter to his successor in the White House. Failing to attend the swearing-in, the billionaire therefore complied there with an American tradition.

(AFP) – Donald Trump, who refused to accept defeat for more than two months, has never congratulated Joe Biden on his victory. And it is certainly not in the letter he tabled for his successor that the outgoing president will do so. In the envelope placed in the Oval Office that Barack Obama had addressed to Donald Trump, in 2016, one could read: “We are only temporary occupants of this post”.

“This makes us guardians of democratic institutions and traditions such as the rule of law, the separation of powers, the protection of civil rights for which our ancestors fought,” added the first black president of the United States. . For now, nothing has filtered through the letter written for Joe Biden who is preparing to become the 46th American president.

Among all these letters from president to president, the one left, on January 20, 1993, by the Republican George HW Bush to his Democratic successor Bill Clinton, marked the spirits, by its dignity, its class. Referring to his “feeling of wonder and awe” when he entered the prestigious Oval Office four years earlier, he added “There will be very hard times (…) But don’t let the critics deter you. or make you change course ”. “You will be OUR president when you read these lines,” Clinton added. I fully support you. Good luck.”.

Washington has taken on the air of military camps to avoid any uncontrollable demonstration by pro-Trump.

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President Trump left the White House and Washington on Wednesday, leaving the possibility of a comeback hovering. He will therefore have left without having met his successor a few hours before the end of his mandate. From Andrews military base, he hailed four “extraordinary” years and wished the new administration “good luck” without ever mentioning Joe Biden’s name.

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Donald Trump has promised to come back “one way or another”, maintaining the vagueness of his projects. He then flew aboard Air Force One for Florida where he will begin in his club in Mar-a-Lago, at 74, his life as a former president. Just before leaving he has pardoned 73 people, including his ex-adviser Steve Bannon, accused of embezzling funds allegedly intended for the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.

Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be in Washington to attend the front row seats at Joe Biden’s swearing-in. A ceremony that will take place, after the incidents at the Capitol, with a very high security device that makes the American federal capital unrecognizable.

The day will remain in the history books in particular because of the accession, for the first time, of a woman to the vice-presidency of the first world power. Kamala Harris, 56, will also become the first black person of Indian descent to hold the post.


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