Donald Trump departed the White House a final time as president Wednesday, skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration and instead throwing a military-style send-off for himself before leaving for his Florida resort.
“I will always fight for you. I will be watching, I will be listening, and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better,” Trump said at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington before boarding Air Force One a last time. “I wish the new administration great luck, great success.”
Trump didn’t mention Biden by name in his remarks, and he becomes the first U.S. president since the 19th century not to attend his successor’s swearing-in ceremony. Trump didn’t speak to Biden before leaving the White House but left him a note, according to people familiar with the matter.