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Donald Trump began his departure from the White House on Wednesday on his last day as president, with a trip to Florida with which he avoids being present at the inauguration ceremony of his successor, Democrat Joe Biden, whom he wished luck. “We are going to come back somehow,” he said to a handful of fans.
The Republican mogul set out for his luxurious Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, South Florida, where he plans to settle. After leaving by helicopter from the White House gardens, Trump took off from Andrews, Maryland, military base for his last flight aboard Air Force One..
Upon leaving the White House and before boarding the helicopter, he said: “It has been a great honor, the honor of my life”.
“It is the greatest home in the world. We have achieved a lot, it has been something very special. I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully it’s not a long-term goodbye, we’ll see you soon“He added to the press.
Hundreds of people were invited to the air terminal for a last speech as president in front of his supporters, on a cold morning (5 ° C, 41 ° F). In good spirits and smiling, Trump began thanking those present and gloated: “I am very popular”.
Also, he reviewed the milestones of his management. “I hope they don’t raise taxes, but if they do, I warned them,” he added. And he said that if it weren’t for the pandemic, the economic numbers would have been the best in history.
Although he did not speak about his decision to absent himself from the inauguration ceremony, he did make an allusion to the incoming government, while still addressing his supporters. “I will always fight for you. I will be watching, listening. I wish the next government good luck, they have the basis to do something spectacular”, He expressed.
“If you leave things alone, you are going to see impressive numbers. We have the best economy in the world. We were badly hit by the pandemic, like everyone else. We achieved a medical miracle, the vaccine, developed in nine months instead of nine years. We have two approved and another on the way, “he said.
“It was an honor and privilege to have been its president”He told his followers, who cheered him by waving flags. “Goodbye, we love you, let’s go back somehow”He added.
In another passage, he said: “We had many obstacles and we achieved 75 million, it is a record in the history of presidents in office, it is an honor.” Also, he highlighted the appointment of three judges of the Supreme Court and hundreds of Thursday of the federal circuit.
On the pandemic, which he referred to again as the “Chinese virus,” he added: “We want to give a lot of love to all those who are suffering.”
As he walked off the stage, the music that characterized his campaign events in recent months sounded: YMCA, by Village People.
In Washington, now unrecognizable and transformed into an entrenched encampment after the Capitol riots last week, preparations continue for the swearing-in of Joe Biden, who will become the 46th president in US history on Wednesday noon. .
Donald Trump is the first American president not to attend his successor’s inauguration in more than 150 years. After having refused for more than two months to admit his defeat in the elections on November 3, the Republican billionaire ended up promising a transition in order a few days ago, but never congratulated Joe Biden.
The streets of downtown Washington, normally packed before any inauguration, are surrounded by high fences and closed to traffic and pedestrians, under the watchful eye of up to 25,000 members of the National Guard, five times more than those in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to that unprecedented deployment of security for a presidential inauguration, this Wednesday’s day will contrast with others by the absence of public on the National Mall, the huge esplanade that extends from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.
Only about 1,000 guests will be able to witness Biden’s speech in person from the Capitol’s west steps, up from the 200,000 who used to occupy seats of honor during previous ceremonies.
Most are US legislators, although former Presidents Barack Obama (2009-2017), George W. Bush (2001-2009) and Bill Clinton (1993-2001) will also be present, along with their respective wives, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary. Clinton.
The outgoing vice president, Mike Pence will also attend the ceremony.
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