Ahead of Joe Biden’s swearing-in as the 46th President of the United States, Donald Trump departed the White House for the last time on Wednesdaydelivering one final speech as president at Joint Base Andrews in front of family and supporters.
The 'former' U.S. President wished the country a good life, thanked the congress and his VP.while promising he would be back in "some form".
"We got so much done that nobody thought would be possible. But I do want to thank congress and I want to thank all of the great people of Washington D.C. All of the great people we worked with to put this miracle together. So, have a good life. We will see you soon. Thank you, thank you very much. Thank you very much."
He gave his final wave as he boarded Air Force One for Florida, where he and the former first lady will begin their post-White House life.
Trump bade his farewell hours before Biden was to be inaugurated.
That made him the first outgoing president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to skip the Inauguration Day ceremony that marks the formal transfer of power, in a final display of pique at his failure to win re-election in November.
However, he did take part in one final presidential tradition on his way out of office: leaving a letter for his successor inside the Oval Office.
The White House spokesman did not divulge the contents of what Trump left for Biden to read but he had placed the letter inside the Oval Office's Resolute Desk.
The letter-writing tradition giving words of blessings and advice from outgoing to incoming presidents is a relatively recent one, having been started lightheartedly by former President Ronald Reagan for his vice president George H.W. Bush.
Trump had gotten his letter from former President Barack Obama upon his inauguration back in 2017.
Melania Trump and Mike Pence are reported to have done the same for Jill Biden and Kamala Harris respectively.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.