Updated: March 6, 2021
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.
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Biden will be sworn in at noon and Trump will become a former President in about 3 and half hours.
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.