Trump plans to depart Washington morning of Inauguration Day

Clay Curtis
January 16, 2021

The sources stressed that the plan could change. "One week later, Wednesday to Wednesday, that President was impeached in a bipartisan way by the House of Representatives".

The outgoing president, who had already announced he would not attend the swearing-in, will fly to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where he intends to stay.

Trump also said he could not rely on Vice President Mike Pence to pardon him, as Gerald Ford did for Nixon, the report said. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will replace McConnell and lead a 50-50 Senate as soon as Georgia's two Democratic senators-elect are sworn in and Biden is inaugurated, making Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the president of the Senate and the tiebreaker.

Joe Biden says it's a "good thing" Mr Trump won't attend the inauguration.

The Transportation Security Administration said some people could face more thorough security checks or be barred from boarding a plane as part of additional security around the inauguration.

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Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan 6, trying to halt the certification by Congress of Mr Biden's election win.

Five people died in the riot, including one police officer as well as one Air Force veteran and a Trump supporter who was shot dead by police. The 232-197 vote for impeachment was the most bipartisan presidential impeachment in modern times, more so than against Bill Clinton in 1998.

A handful of White House aides plan to work for Mr Trump in Palm Beach as the former real estate tycoon works on retaining his clout in the Republican Party.

Trump, the only president in US history to be impeached twice, is planning to issue more pardons before leaving, according to sources who added that he has been considering the unprecedented option of pardoning himself.

A new Pew Research Center poll released on Friday found that just 29 per cent of Americans have approved of the job Trump is doing in office, by far the lowest rating he has received during his presidency, reported The Hill.

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