Donald Trump waves after leaving the White House for the final time on Wednesday morning (Picture: AFP)
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.
Addressing assembled reporters, Trump said: ‘It’s been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime.’ He then strolled down a red carpet, and boarded the president’s Marine One helicopter, which sat parked on the White House lawn.
President Trump appeared upbeat and relaxed, with Melania smiling widely for the camera. 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 will remain president until midday EST on Wednesday, when Joe Biden is sworn in.
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.
President trump spoke to waiting journalists as his wife Melania looked on (Picture: AFP)
The president and his wife spoke to waiting journalists. They will now fly to their home in West Palm Beach, Florida (Picture: AP)
White House staff were snapped carrying boxes to the president’s Marine One Helicopter shortly before President Trump and his wife Melania boarded the aircraft (Picture: EPA)
US servicemen prepare Air Force One for Trump’s final flight, with the plane scheduled to tak eoff from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland around 8:30am EST on Wednesday (Picture: AP)
Vice President Mike Pence did not attend Trump’s farewell ceremony, but will watch Biden being inaugurated later today.
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