US President Donald Trump left the White House for the last time on Wednesday, with a helicopter to a nearby military base where he will fly to Florida and skip the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden in an extraordinary breach of tradition.
Trump, 74, and First Lady Melania Trump walked a short red carpet and boarded Marine One on the White House lawn on a sunny but chilly day in Washington for the short flight to Joint Base Andrews, where he will board Air Force One.
In brief remarks to reporters, Trump said it had been “fantastic four years” and “the glory of life.”
“I just want to say goodbye,” he said.
Trump will be on his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida when Biden is sworn in at noon (1700 GMT) as the 46th President of the United States.
A more detailed resignation ceremony is planned at Joint Base Andrews, including a 21-pistol salute and remarks from the outgoing president, the first to skip the inauguration of his successor in more than 150 years.
Trump repeatedly and falsely claimed that he won the presidential election on November 3, and his supporters stormed the US capital on January 6 in an attempt to disrupt congressional certification of Biden’s victory.