President Donald Trump now plans to leave Washington to hold a farewell event on the morning of Inauguration Day, after considering leaving a day earlier, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters Friday.
Trump, who announced on Jan. 8 that he would not attend Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration, is planning to hold his event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is headquartered, the source said.
The departure ceremony under consideration could be an elaborate event with the feel of a state visit, The Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed person familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity because Trump’s plans have not been formally announced. The plan under consideration could involve a red carpet, color guard, military band, and 21-gun salute, AP reports.
Pompeo Shapes Legacy and Stands by Trump in Farewell Tweetstorm
By KKOH. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo chose the day of his boss’s impeachment to promote a very different kind of recognition for Donald Trump: Award the president the Nobel Peace Prize.
Pompeo’s Wednesday morning tweet said simply: “cc: @NobelPrize” beneath a picture of Trump with Israeli and Arab leaders at the signing of a diplomatic agreement with the Jewish state in September.
It was part of what’s now a two-week campaign by Pompeo on Twitter and in speeches and interviews to recount what he sees as the foreign-policy successes of the Trump administration’s “America First” approach. He’s boasted about making America safer and “leadingfromthefront” without acknowledging the grim reality of a nation shaken by some 4,000 daily deaths from the coronavirus and by the Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters fired into action by the president.