Wednesday, 20 January 2021

'Have a good life!' Trump promises we haven't seen the last of him as he predicts 'new administration' will do well because of his legacy before he and Melania board Air Force One and skip Biden's inauguration to flee to Mar-a-Lago

 Donald Trump vowed ‘we will be back - in some form’ as he left Washington D.C. for the last time Wednesday, flying off on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago to snub Joe Biden – then claiming credit in advance for the new administration’s success.

‘Have a good life,’ he told a crowd of a few hundred supporters at Joint Base Andrews, after listing his ‘achievements’ in a speech which began after a 21-gun salute.

In the front row, Ivanka Trump cried, while behind the maskless crowd chanted ‘thank you Trump,’ before the first family climbed the stairs to Air Force One for the final time.


The military ceremony had the atmosphere of a Trump rally: Gloria was played as Air Force One taxied, and then the YMCA as Trump hugged and kissed his children and finally My Way as the plan rose into the air.

‘We love you. We will be back in some form,’ he told the crowd of cheering supporters before signing off: 'Have a good life, we will see you soon.'

The farewell resembled one of Trump’s infamous campaign rallies, ending with ‘YMCA’ – the song Trump would depart to – as supporters cheered ‘USA, USA, USA.’

My Way, which Trump and Melania danced to at his 2017 inaugural ball, played as Air Force One took off. 

The president paused at times in his remarks. While he did not show tears, he appeared to feel the weight of the occasion while taking time to enjoy the final moments of his time in office. He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.

‘Hail to Chief’ played as Trump and Melania - who was wearing a Chanel jacket, sunglasses and carrying a $60,000 black crocodile Hermes Birkin bag - walked from Marine One to the platform where the president addressed the crowd. 

Trump gives his farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base in the last hours of his Presidency. He said it had been an 'honor and a privilege' 


Melania Trump and Donald Trump wave to their supporters as they board Air Force One for the last time on Wednesday

Melania Trump and Donald Trump wave to their supporters as they board Air Force One for the last time on Wednesday 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after giving speeches

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after giving speeches 

Donald Trump flies to Florida from Joint Base Andrews after a turbulent end to his presidency

Donald Trump flies to Florida from Joint Base Andrews after a turbulent end to his presidency

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning. The pair held hands as they made their way to a stage to deliver their final remarks as President and First Lady

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday morning. The pair held hands as they made their way to a stage to deliver their final remarks as President and First Lady 

With Air Force One in the background, Donald and Melania Trump smile and wave to their family and supporters while music plays in the background. 'My Way', which is what played at Trump's inaugural ball in 2017, played as the plane took off

With Air Force One in the background, Donald and Melania Trump smile and wave to their family and supporters while music plays in the background. 'My Way', which is what played at Trump's inaugural ball in 2017, played as the plane took off 

First lady Melania Trump watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., January 20, 2021

First lady Melania Trump watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., January 20, 2021

So long! Trump and Melania wave goodbye as they board Air Force One on Wednesday for the last time

So long! Trump and Melania wave goodbye as they board Air Force One on Wednesday for the last time 

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