Trump is the first US president in more than 150 years to skip the successor’s inauguration.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has left the White House.
Trump boarded the Marine One presidential helicopter at 8:20 a.m. (13:20 GMT) on Wednesday.
He spoke briefly to reporters who described his tenure as an “honor of a lifetime” and “an amazing four years” before boarding the helicopter on his way to a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews before flying to Florida.
The departure is less than four hours before Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the country.
Trump ended a presidency proud to defy modern political norms, ending his four-year stint at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with one final breach of decency when he was the first president in more than 150 years to do the Skipped inauguration of his successor.
The real estate mogul, who became a businessman and president, has instead claimed that the November elections were “rigged” and “stolen” – claims that, despite numerous legal challenges, audits and recounts, had no basis in reality.
Trump’s defiant misinformation campaign, while not producing any results, did leave its mark.
President-instigated rioters violated the U.S. Capitol when Congress met to confirm Biden’s January 6 victory. Five people were killed in the violence.
At an extraordinary moment on Tuesday, Trump’s last full day in office, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explicitly blamed Trump, saying the rioters were “fed with lies” and “by the President and other powerful people Provoked people “.
When Trump was lifted from Joint Base Andrews, the country continued to prepare for further violence by “domestic extremists” who federal authorities had warned against Washington, DC and the capitals of all 50 US states.
Storming the US legislature this month for the first time since 1814 could also shatter Trump’s future political ambitions. As a one-term president, he could apply for a second term in 2024.
However, the legislature wants to prevent Trump from taking over a US office in the future.
Accused of being “incited to insurrection” over his relentless attempts to overturn election results and a fiery rally before the breaking of the Capitol, Trump became the only President in US history on January 14 to have been twice by the House of Representatives was charged.
A trial in the Senate in the early days of the Biden administration could result in Trump no longer holding federal office. McConnell’s words suggest that some Republicans may be convicted.
Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6th [File: Stephanie Keith/Reuters]
Consider political future
Trump, who had never held public office before, was known in the conservative media as a proponent of the baseless and racist “birth movement” which claimed that then President Barack Obama was not a US citizen.
His meteoric rise in the 2016 Republican primaries changed the party, while his opening speech, calling Mexican migrants “rapists”, set the tone for a nationalist and divisive style that has defined large sections of the party.
After leaving office, Trump came up with the idea of creating his own media empire that could compete with Fox News, a network that immediately served as Trump’s de facto mouthpiece.
Trump, who is reportedly traveling to Florida to ponder his future with a small group of aides, is also facing a pending Manhattan District Attorney investigation into “extensive and protracted criminal behavior at the Trump Organization,” his Conglomerate, deals.
The New York Attorney General is also investigating possible fraudulent business practices by Trump and his organization.
In addition to a series of legal proceedings, Trump could also face a criminal investigation by the Fulton County Georgia District Attorney considering an investigation into Trump’s attempt to convince the state’s top electoral officer to change the number of votes.
If Trump’s term ends around noon, he will no longer be protected from indictment.