Trump leaves White House
Published: 07:52 PM, 20 January 2021 Updated: 10:49 PM, 20 January 2021
Outgoing US President, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has left the White House ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Mr Trump and his wife Melania boarded Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for the last time as President just before 8:00am Wednesday (local time) and left White House.
"It's been a great honour, the honour of a lifetime," Mr Trump said while addressing members of the media.
"We love the American people and … it has been something very special. And I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully it's not a long-term goodbye. We'll see each other again."
"It is my greatest honour and privilege to have been your president," he said, and added he wishes the incoming government "great success".
Trump announced before the swearing-in and inauguration of newly elected US President Joe Biden, by accusing him of rigging the election and snatching victory from him, the first time in more than a century that a sitting president has rejected the tradition of attending his successor's inauguration. Donald Trump is the fourth U.S. president who did not attend the inauguration of his successor.
The new US President Democrat Joe Biden will sworn in on Wednesday, he is set to sit in the White House as the 46th president. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to start at 10:30 am local time while unprecedented security measures have been taken around the swearing-in ceremony.