The Trump family gathered to watch Trump give a farewell speech on his final day as President (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
As Donald Trump’s closest family lined up for photos on his final day as President, only two of his grandchildren were seen wearing face masks.
He left on the presidential Marine One helicopter and stopped off at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before taking the air Force One plane to his Mar-a-Lago country club in West Palm Beach, Florida, for a lavish send-off.
As they waited to change aircrafts, only the two sons of Trump’s daughter Ivanka – Joseph Kushner, seven, and Theodore Kushner, four – were seen wearing face masks.
Her nine-year-old daughter Arabella Kushner was maskless, along with everyone else at the family gathering.
Throughout the pandemic Trump repeatedly mocked the wearing of masks, despite advice from his own officials for everyone to wear them.
During the presidential election debates, he mocked his rival Biden for wearing one, saying: ‘I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask.
Only Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s sons were wearing masks at the farewell do (Picture: REX/AFP)
The family stopped off for photos and a speech at Joint Base Andrews before flying to Florida (Picture: Reuters)
Joseph and Theodore wore masks, while their sister Arabella didn’t (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
‘He could be speaking 200 feet away from it, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve seen.’
In May Trump said a reporter was being ‘politically correct’ by wearing one during a press conference at the White House rose garden.
Before jetting off to Florida the President gave a rambling 10 minute speech to a small crowd of supporters at the air base.
He boasted about achieving a ‘record’ number of votes for any sitting president, rounding up his 74.2million to 75million. But he failed to acknowledge that Biden won five million more votes than him.
Looking back at his economic policies, Trump said: ‘You’re going to see incredible numbers coming in if everything is left alone, be careful.
President Trump said ‘we will be back in some form’ as he hinted at a return to politics (Picture: AP)
The Trump family will not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony (Picture: Reuters)
Donald Trump Jr, his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wait for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to arrive and board Air Force One (Picture: AP)
‘The job numbers have been absolutely incredible. When we started, had we not been hit by the pandemic, we would have had numbers that would never have been seen. Already our numbers are the best ever.
‘If you look at what happened until February a year ago, our numbers were at a level nobody had ever seen before. And even now, we really built it twice.’
On his tax reforms, he said: ‘I hope they don’t raise your taxes, but if they do I told you so.’
Reflecting on the Covid-19 outbreak, which has killed more than 400,000 people in the US – more than any country in the world – Trump said: ‘As bad as the pandemic was, we were hit so hard just like the entire world was hit so hard.
‘Places that thought they got away with it didn’t get away with it, they’re suffering right now.
‘We did something that is really considered a medical miracle, they’re calling it a miracle and that is the vaccine.
‘We got the vaccine developed in nine months instead of nine years, or five years, or ten years, or a long time. It was supposed to take a long time, many many years to develop a vaccine.’
Trump’s wife Melania spoke earlier on in the speech, saying: ‘Being your first lady was my greatest honour, thank you for your love and your support, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
‘God bless you all, god bless your families and god bless this beautiful nation.’
The President replied said: ‘That’s true honey, great job.’
Hinting at another election run in 2024, or some other return to politics, Trump said: ‘Goodbye, we love you, we will be back in some form. Have a good life, we will see you soon.’
The Village People’s YMCA then began to play, as has become customary at his rallies, before the family prepared to board Air Force One.
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