- President Donald Trump wants to leave Washington before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Wednesday, CNN reported.
- His goal is to avoid leaving the White House as a former president, CNN said. In addition, it is assumed that Trump does not want to ask Biden if he can borrow Air Force One.
- Biden is due to be sworn in around noon on Wednesday amid a heightened security presence sparked by the uprising in the US Capitol.
- Trump intends to fly to his Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago to begin his post-presidential life, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
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President Donald Trump wants to leave Washington before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden because he does not want to run as a former president or ask to borrow Air Force One, CNN reported on Friday.
Biden is set to open on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday amid a heightened security presence sparked by a January 6 Trump attack on the complex.
Trump said Jan. 8 that he would not attend the inauguration, making him the first outgoing president to refuse to attend his successor̵
Instead, Trump told CNN, he would leave the White House before the swearing-in ceremony. His team is working to gather a large crowd to remove him, the network said.
The White House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on the president’s plans.
According to CNN, Trump plans to leave the White House for the last time as president in the “Sea Walk” of the South Lawn and hopes for a military-style tribute. The network cited an unnamed source who spoke about the plan with Trump.
Trump has not officially confirmed his destination. At one time it was rumored that he was heading to Scotland, where he owns several golf courses. However, the Scottish Government has made it clear that it will not be welcome, citing the strict blockade of the coronavirus.
Bloomberg announced Thursday that it will travel to its Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
According to CNN, Trump ruled out attending Biden’s inauguration, although allies told him it was a good idea to go. Trump refused on the grounds that he did not want to leave Washington as a former president, the network reported.
Trump also declined to ask Biden if he could borrow Air Force One, the president’s official plane, CNN reported, citing a source.
Although Trump will leave Washington and the presidency on Wednesday, he still has to travel in “nuclear football,” a 20-pound briefcase that presidents take everywhere until Biden is sworn in.
To account for this, the White House Military Service has made a second device, which will remain in Washington, for use by Biden, CNN said. At the time of the change, Trump’s codes will be deactivated.
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Since losing the election in November, Trump has focused on challenging the outcome without success.
In his last days in office, Trump has been concerned about his legacy and the aftermath after the House of Representatives imputed him on charges of “inciting an uprising.”
Trump is also worried about the legal problems he may face when he is no longer protected by presidential immunity, according to numerous reports.
Prosecutors in New York and Washington are investigating Trump and his organization.
New York Attorney General Leticia James is investigating Trump’s financial dealings, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is investigating Trump and Trump on charges of banking and insurance fraud.