According to CNN reported that before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump would like to leave Washington DC because he does not want to go out as an ex-president or ask to borrow Air Force One.
On January 20, in the midst of a heightened security presence triggered by the January 6 attack on the complex by Trump supporters, Biden is expected to be inaugurated on the steps of the US Capitol.
On January 8, Trump said he would not attend the inauguration, an extremely unprecedented act that has occurred only a handful of times since George Washington succeeded John Adams in 1797, making him the first outgoing president since 1869 to fail to attend his successor’s ceremony.
Instead, Trump will leave the White House before the swearing-in ceremony at midday, CNN said. The network said his team is working on gathering a large crowd to wave him off.
The Insider contacted the White House for comments, which have not been confirmed, on the President’s plans.
According to CNN, Trump plans to leave the White House from the South Lawn for the final time as president in Marine One, and hopes for a military-style tribute. An unnamed source who had talked with Trump about the plan was quoted by the network.
Trump has not confirmed his destination officially. He was rumoured at one point to be heading to Scotland, where he owns several golf courses. However, due to its strict coronavirus lockdown, the Scottish government made it clear he would not be welcome.
On Friday, Bloomberg reported that he would be travelling to stay at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida instead.
Per CNN, even though allies told him it was a good idea to go, Trump ruled out attending Biden’s inauguration. Trump refused, the network said, on the grounds that he did not want to leave DC as a former president.
Trump was also reticent to ask Biden if he could borrow Air Force One, the official plane of the president, CNN said, citing a source.
Though leaving Washington and with it the presidency on January 20, Trump still has to travel with the “nuclear football” – a 20 kilogram briefcase that president’s take with them everywhere in case of nuclear attack- until Biden is sworn in as president.
To account for this, the White House Military Office has made a second device that will stay in Washington, DC, for Biden’s use, CNN said. At the moment of the switchover, Trump’s codes will be deactivated.
Since losing the November election, Trump has been focussed on challenging the result and has largely stopped launching personal attacks on Biden’s character.
Donald Trump seen in Washington DC in December 2020.
In his final days in office Trump has been concerned with his legacy and the fallout after the House of Representatives impeached him for inciting the supporters who rioted at the Capitol.
Trump is now worried about the legal issues that may face him after he leaves office as is no longer protected by presidential immunity, according to multiple reports over the last week.
Prosecutors in New York State and Washington, DC, are investigating Trump and his organisation.
In New York, Letitia James, the state’s attorney general, is conducting an investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings, and Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, is investigating Trump and the Trump Organization on suspicion of bank and insurance fraud.