Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing in ceremony to the White House hot seat later today, Donald Trump is packed and getting ready to head out as he wouldn’t be present at the succeeding president’s inauguration ceremony.
What is his final hours of the presidency, it’s not what one would associate with a president as apart from inciting a mob and being in denial of an election result, Trump is also facing an impeachment trial for the second time in just two years,
Here’s how Trump is scheduled to do on his last day as President.
Trump’s final presidential schedule
“The President and The First Lady will depart the White House at 8:00AM for Palm Beach, Florida.”, it says.
That’s it, there’s even no mention of a send-off ceremony scheduled at Joint Base Andrews that is expected shortly after Melania Trump leaves the White House.
White House officials not up for a departure ceremony
A number of former administration officials were invited to Trump’s departure ceremony, but many are passing on the invitation due to recent happenings which had fueled their disgust with Trump.
According to CNN, one former senior White House official said, “Is there a disappointment factor, yes!”.
“Sending the mob was a red line,” a senior White House adviser said.
Another former senior White House official noted that invitees can bring five guests, describing that as “a sign of desperation”.
Even the president’s right hand man, Vice President Mike Pence, won’t be attending Trump’s departure ceremony tomorrow, according to his public schedule.
Sources have blamed the logistical challenge of having Pence at both the departure ceremony and at Biden’s inauguration, but those close to the vice president have also made their frustration with Trump clear ever since the riots happened.
Trump to start new political party?
After being denied a second presidential term, Trump has raised the idea of starting a new political party, a senior Trump advisor confirmed but has dismissed it as not serious.
Another White House adviser has called the idea “lame” and another noted that Trump is “disgusted” with Senate Republicans who will soon decide whether the president will be convicted in his impeachment trial.
It remains unclear to how Trump will plant the seed to his on political party. In his farewell message video, he has vowed that his movement will carry on although latest polls show that Trump has the lowest approval ratings of his presidency.
Leaving as a figure that has made the news for all the wrong reasons, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump may call his new party the “patriot party”.