Donald Trump departed White House for the final time as President of the US . He will visit Florida instead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.
“It’s been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime. the greatest people in the world, the greatest home in the world."
Trump told reporters before heading to Marine One, rotors whirring, on South Lawn.
“We accomplished tons ."
"We have the best country and economy within the world. We were hit so hard by the pandemic. We did something that's considered a medical miracle- the vaccine which was developed in 9 months," he further said.
"I will always fight for you. I will be watching, listening. the future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and success. i think they have the foundation to do something really spectacular."
Trump, 74, has already announced that he won't attend the inauguration of Biden as President and Kamala Harris because the vice president, becoming the primary president to skip his successor's inauguration since Johnson in 1869.
He left the White House on Marine One presidential helicopter.
Trump, a Republican, became the primary US president to lose a re-election bid since 1992. In 1992, George HW Bush did not win his second bid for the White House. He will host a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before catching a final flight on Air Force One to start post-presidential life at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach .
Vice President Mike Pence won't attend Trump's farewell and is instead scheduled to attend Biden's inauguration.
Before exiting, Trump has pardoned his former political strategist Steve Bannon, one among the key architects of his 2016 electoral victory, as he issued a wave of pardons using the ultimate hours of his presidency to grant clemency to 143 people. The record 73 pardons and 70 commutations came additionally to the handfuls of comparable actions that Trump took after he lost the November 3 presidential elections to Joe Biden of the Democratic Party .
Biden, 78, will be sworn in because the 46th President of the US on Wednesday. Trump, who has ignored many of the farewell traditions of former administrations, on Tuesday released a video farewell address rather than the typically live, prime-time speech given by past presidents.
Extending his "best wishes" and praying for the success of the new administration to keep America safe and prosperous, Trump in his farewell address has said that Americans must unify around their shared values and rise above partisan rancour to forge their common destiny.
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