Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time as his single term as President of the United States draws to a close. The outgoing president and his wife Melania were filmed walking out the door of his Washington DC address shortly after 8am EST on Wednesday.
The first couple chatted with reporters for a few minutes, then stolled down a red carpet, and boarded the president’s Marine One helicopter, which sat parked on the White House lawn. Moments later, the black leather ‘nuclear footballs’ which contain launch codes for the US’s nuclear weapons stockpile was filmed following Trump onto the chopper.
Trump will now travel to the nearby Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to board Air Force One, before flying to his Mar-a-Lago country club in West Palm Beach, Florida. A red carpet and podium has been set out, with Trump reportedly keen to have a pomp-filled, ceremonial send-off as president.
He shared a pre-recorded 20 minute farewell message on Tuesday evening, which saw the president fail to mention his successor Joe Biden by name, while wishing the upcoming administration ‘luck’.
Trump becomes the first president since 1869 not to attend the inauguration of his successor, after accusing Joe Biden of ‘stealing’ the November 2020 election result. He and wife Melania left DC early, amid claims Trump wanted one final flight on Air Force One as president.
Vice President Mike Pence did not attend Trump’s farewell ceremony, but will watch Biden being inaugurated later today.
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