JOE BIDEN has revealed that he received a "very generous letter" from Donald Trump to mark the beginning of his presidency.
Trump chose not to attend Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, becoming the first president to do so in over 150 years, so the letter was a surprise to many.
Biden said he wouldn't reveal what was written in the letter, but appeared satisfied with the gesture.
"The president wrote a very generous letter," Biden told reporters at the White House.
"Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous."
Biden, who begins his first full day in office today, wasted little time in stamping his authority on the presidency.
Yesterday alone he signed 15 executive actions to reverse a number of Trump policies.
He signed off actions addressing - among other things - the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and racial inequality.
Biden has also initiated the process of the US rejoining the Paris climate accord, which the Trump administration pulled out of in 2019.
It's understood that Mr Biden will also be looking to end the travel ban Trump imposed on some majority-Muslim countries.
A new rule will also be put in place ordering the wearing of face masks and social distancing in all federal buildings.