Trump left the White House without the pomp he had hoped for.
The outgoing president, who has broken with tradition by refusing to attend his successor’s inauguration, took a government helicopter from the White House at 8.18am, leaving what has been his home for four tumultuous years, and headed for Joint Base Andrews, a military facility in Maryland.
Trump had demanded that aides prepare an ostentatious ceremony at the base, accompanied by a sprawling audience, but two weeks after Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol, he got neither. The soon-to-be former president arrived at the military base just before 8.30am, and was met with a flat sendoff marked by a sparse crowd.
Trump was due to speak at 8am, but there was a delay, leaving the crowd waiting. Senior Republicans had shunned the event, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, in favor of attending Biden’s inauguration, and the audience for Trump’s final send off far from filled the small viewing pen that the that had been set up.
Even Trump’s vice-president Mike Pence didn’t make it – a White House official told reporters it would be difficult for Pence to attend both the send off and the inauguration.
Oddly, Trump chose to have the song My Way sung as his plane left, a downbeat song that is usually associated with a person’s dying words.
Here are the late night talk shows from last night.
Conan O’Brien gives the end credits for the people in the Trump administration:
Jonathan Pie gave an extra long rant that summarized Trump’s four years.