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President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday departed the White House for the last time as commander-in-chief after four dark and tumultuous years.
Mr. Trump decided to skip Joe Biden’s inauguration and leave The White House early after after issuing 143 pardons and commutations overnight.
Biden will be sworn in at noon and Trump will become a former President in about 3 and half hours.
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The Marine One helicopter took off from the South Lawn of the White House at about 8:18 a.m. for the short flight to Joint Base Andrew in suburban Maryland.
Trump held a farewell event with administration veterans and other supporters at Joint Base Andrew.
Trump and Nelania then boarded Air Force One for their trip to Florida where they will reside.