President Donald J. Trump left Washington and landed at Joint Base Andrews earlier this morning for his Presidential Departure Ceremony. In his farewell address, Trump told his supporters: "We love you. We will be back in some form".
Before he left the White House, Trump reportedly did write the traditional welcoming letter to Biden of the same type his predecessors wrote the men who replaced them.
A 21-gun salute awaited Trump at the Maryland base. Trump gave a short speech.
"I wish the new administration good luck and great success," Trump said. "I think they will have great success." But then added:"I hope they don't raise your taxes, but if they do, I told you so," he said.
Notably missing from the farewell at Joint Base Andrews was Vice President Mike Pence who opted to go to the Biden inauguration instead.
Trump is the first president in 150 years to refuse to attend the swearing in of an incoming president. He and the First Lady are expected to be back at his Mar-a-Lago compound in South Florida when Biden takes the oath of office at noon.