Donald Trump leaves the White House, plans to end term at Mar-a-Lago as Biden is sworn in
Soon-to-be-ex-President Donald Trump left the White House early Wednesday and will spend his final minutes in office at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — though he also suggested he will seek to remain in political life.
“We will back in some form,” Trump told supporters during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews that featured a 21-gun salute and a military band playing “Hail to the Chief.”
In a nine-minute speech on “an incredible four years,” Trump recounted highlights that included the creation of Space Force, veterans benefits, and the 2017 tax bill.
The outgoing president did not mention his two impeachments, nor the more than 400,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19; he did warn backers to “be careful” in the face of the “horrible virus.”
“What we’ve done has been amazing by any standard,” Trump said.
He did not mention incoming President Joe Biden, but did a crack a joke about him and his supporters: “I hope they don’t raise your taxes … But if they do, I told you so.” He also sent well wishes to the new administration.
Air Force One took off from Andrews at 9:00 a.m., as the PA system played Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” and Biden and congressional attended a church service in downtown Washington, D.C.
Earlier, Trump told reporters it was the “honor of a lifetime,” as he and first lady Melania Trump boarded the Marine One helicopter that lifted off from the South Lawn at the White House at 8:17 a.m.