President Donald Trump left the White House on Wednesday morning as his administration finally wrapped up, leaving space for the incoming administration. He described the last four years in office as “the honour of a lifetime.”
Trump walked out of the White House to Marine One shortly after 8:10 am for the short ride to Joint Base Andrews where he will deliver farewell remarks before boarding Air Force One for the flight to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.
President Trump, sporting his signature red tie, walked out of the executive residence holding hands with first lady Melania Trump who wore a black dress, large sunglasses, and heels.
Arriving on Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, he told an adoring crowd gathered to see him off and the nation, “I will always fight for you. I will be watching, I will be listening.
“And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration, great luck and great success.”
Most importantly, Trump vowed, “we will be back in some form” and mentioned his proud accomplishments in office, including creating the Space Force branch of the military and confirming three Supreme Court judges.
“We created a new force called Space Force, that in itself would be a major achievement for a regular administration. We were not a regular administration,” he said, as he and Melania then boarded Air Force One for a final trip on the official presidential plane to West Palm Beach and it took off around 9 am.
In a farewell address which released via video on Tuesday, President Trump said the populist movement he created when he won the presidency in 2016 will continue to live on.
“My fellow Americans, four years ago we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again for all Americans,” Trump said.
“Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” Donald Trump said.
Not attending Joe Biden’s inauguration makes Trump the first president in 152 years not to attend the inauguration of his successor.