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President Trump is set to officially depart Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning, reports said.
That same day Joe Biden will take the oath of office and be officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
Unlike past presidents, Trump has not formally conceded the 2020 election, has not called his successor nor met with him at the White House.
President Obama met with Trump in the White House just days after the 2016 presidential race.
In a break with White House tradition, Trump is not expected to participate in the ceremonial transfer of power and will likely skip Biden’s inaugural in favor of his own custom departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the Associated Press reported.
Trump is reportedly considering a grand sendoff which could include a red carpet, color guard, and 21-gun salute in a fashion reminiscent of how he’s been welcomed abroad.
If he does go through with plans to skip Biden’s inaugural, he will become only the fourth president in US history to skip his successor’s swearing in.
All last week White House staffers were observed carting boxes out of the official residence. The president is expected to leave for Florida. The lifelong New Yorker officially moved his residency there in 2019.
Vice President Pence has put in a call to his replacement, Sen. Kamala Harris, congratulating her on the victory and promising to assist in the transition. Pence is expected to attend the inauguration.
Trump publicly broke with his VP after Pence refused to stand in the way of the electoral college certification on Jan 6. That same day, a deadly riot of pro-Trump diehards stormed the capitol, forcing lawmakers into hiding and leading to at least five deaths.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump railed in a tweet which has now been taken offline, along with the rest of his account.
With Post wires
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