He never conceded the election, failed to invite Biden for a post-election meeting and fled Washington without attending his successor’s inauguration.
The note’s exact contents are unknown. Biden told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins that Trump “wrote a very generous letter.” He added, “Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.”
Notes left by presidents eventually reach the National Archives and are made public. Previous presidents have tended to offer encouragement to their successors. In 2017, Trump vowed to cherish what he called a “beautiful letter” from Barack Obama.
However, considering Trump’s repeated insults of Biden and his refusal to even mention the new president’s name during his two farewell addresses, many people on Twitter speculated what the defeated president might have written.
"Dear Joe, the nuclear codes don't work (that's what they told me). And we used up all the bleach. Sorry." https://t.co/ModJtH4U9q
— Patrick Cox (@patricox) January 20, 2021
I wrote you, but you still ain't callin⁰I left my cell, my pager and my home phone at the bottom⁰I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not've got em⁰There probably was a problem at the post office or somethin' https://t.co/veIozzwD08
— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) January 20, 2021
"Sorry about all the KFC wrappers" https://t.co/83iGQv4Xo2
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) January 20, 2021
"To all the suckers and losers, have a good life!" (probably) https://t.co/a7LoCGkXXU
— Jennifer Mercieca (@jenmercieca) January 20, 2021
— Jill Krajewski (@JillKrajewski) January 20, 2021
“The pee tape was fake news...until last night” https://t.co/3SWIkoljun
— Andrew Rose Gregory (@arosegregory) January 20, 2021
— Jeremy Woodcock (@jwPencilAndPad) January 20, 2021
"There's a stash of Big Macs in the top drawer.
PS There's ketchup for your steaks in the hidden compartment of the Resolute desk." https://t.co/rW8UcDLZ4z
— Jameson Fleming (@JamesonFleming) January 20, 2021
Dear Joe, Man Person TV Airplane Me Bye-Bye
— Jeff Kravitz (@jeffkravitz) January 20, 2021
You can’t fire me; I quit.”
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) January 20, 2021
First is the worst, second is the best. Have a good life,
Donald J Trump https://t.co/B758Zw33cq
— Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) January 20, 2021
But one person pointed out that whatever Trump wrote in the note was a minor concern.
I think that Trump left a broken country for Biden is more significant than he left him a note.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 20, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.