Donald Trump was the first president in more than a century to miss the inauguration of their successor, but he did follow some traditions.

After being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden revealed Trump left him a ‘very generous letter’ in the White House.

The new President did not say any more about what Trump said in the letter, but it may come as a surprise that he even left one following his bitter exit from power.

In writing the letter, Trump has continued a long tradition set by past presidents before him.

When Trump entered the White House four years ago, he proudly showed off the ‘beautiful’ inauguration letter Barack Obama left for him in the Oval Office.

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At the time, Trump said he will ‘cherish’ the letter and ‘will not tell the press’ what Obama wrote.

But several months later, Obama’s personal words of advice for Trump emerged.

Warning against eroding democracy for personal gain, Obama wrote: ‘We are just temporary occupants of this office.

‘That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions – like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties – that our forebears fought and bled for.’

Obama received his own handwritten note from George W Bush on his inauguration day, preparing him for uncertain days ahead.

‘There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you,’ Bush wrote.

‘But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me.’

Bill Clinton’s letter to Bush eight years earlier was much more upbeat.

‘The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated,’ he wrote in 2000.

‘The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.’

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