As Joe Biden took oath as the 46th President of the United States of America, a picture of a letter started making rounds on social media with a claim that the letter left behind by outgoing President Donald Trump read, “Joe, You Know I won.”
As per custom, the outgoing Presidents write a letter for their successors and leave it for them on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
“President Trump Leaves Letter For Joe Biden In Resolute Desk Before Departing White House” the post caption read.
Here’s the link to the above post.
The post was shared extensively on Facebook.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.
Firstly, we ran a keyword search and found multiple reports stating that US President Joe Biden said that outgoing president Donald Trump had left him a ‘very generous’ letter in the Oval Office.
We also found a tweet by CNN’s White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins quoting President Biden on the letter.
The tweet read: “The president wrote a very generous letter,” Biden says referring to Trump. “Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.”
ABC News also posted a video of President Biden where he mentioned that the letter was very generous.
BREAKING: Pres. Biden tells @bgittleson former Pres. Trump wrote him “a very generous letter,” declines to discuss contents “because it was private.” https://t.co/qjeUynJUdz #InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/AyRExUYtEx
— ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2021
Moreover, we also checked and compared the viral letter with the previous letters by President Trump and found that the date format and the seal at the top of the letter is different as compared to other communication on White House letter.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral letter in question is fake.
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