According to a copy of the invitation seen by Bloomberg News, White House officials are planning a farewell ceremony for Donald Trump, as he departs from Washington for the last time as president on Wednesday morning.
The event is scheduled for 8 am at Joint Base Andrews just outside the nation’s capital, where the outgoing president will make his departure for Florida on Air Force One. Invitations have been sent to supporters, including former administration officials and other supporters, asking them to arrive at 7:15 am
Trump has decided to leave his successor in the US Capitol, Joe Biden, on January 20, becoming the first surviving US president in more than a century to choose not to engage in regular exchange of power. Trump will instead be at his Mar-a-Lago resort as the incoming president will be sworn in that afternoon.
A White House spokesman declined to comment.
Some White House aides will be on the South Lawn for lift-off of the presidential helicopter riding in Trump, although attendance will be limited. Tight security arrangements within the city of Washington and especially near the White House will make it difficult for outside guests to reach the campus.
Trump’s decision not to attend the inauguration was announced by the president on January 8, two days after a mob of his loyalists incited the Capitol in a riot that left five dead. An unprecedented security cordon now surrounds the heart of the nation’s capital in the wake of that attack.