President Donald Trump now plans to depart Washington on the morning of Inauguration Day subsequent Wednesday after contemplating a departure on Tuesday, two sources acquainted with the matter mentioned on Friday.
Trump, who had already mentioned he won’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, is planning a ceremonial farewell at Joint Base Andrews, the base exterior Washington the place Air Force One is headquartered, the sources mentioned. The farewell might embrace a 21-gun salute, one supply mentioned.
The sources careworn that the plan might change. It was unclear whether or not Trump would communicate on Wednesday.
Trump will then fly on to Palm Beach, Florida, to start his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago membership, the sources advised Reuters. He is probably going to be in Florida by the time Biden is inaugurated at noon on Wednesday.
A handful of White House aides plan to work for Trump in Palm Beach as the former actual property tycoon works on retaining his clout in the Republican Party.
Some advisers have been urging the president to host Biden for a White House assembly forward of Inauguration Day, however there was no signal Trump is prepared to try this, an administration official mentioned.
Trump, the solely president in U.S. historical past to be impeached twice, is planning to problem extra pardons earlier than leaving, in accordance to sources who added that he has been contemplating the unprecedented choice of pardoning himself.
Trump has been making an attempt to head off a conviction in the Senate on articles of impeachment which can be based mostly on the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
A ballot by the Pew Research Center mentioned Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency (29%) and more and more destructive rankings for his post-election conduct.