Donald Trump has left White House ahead of Biden inauguration

Donald Trump has left White House ahead of Biden inauguration

Media reports indicate Trump left the White House for the final time during his term, shortly before inauguration of 46th President Joe Biden.

Trump has left the White House for the last time in his term, which ends at 12 PM ET(17 GMT).

According to media reports, Trumptook a helicopter to the nearby Andrews base, where he was now speaking, and will then board the Air Force One plane for Florida.

He is the first president to snub his successor's inauguration since 1869.Biden will take the oath of office in Washington, which has been fortified following a deadly riot at the Capitol this month.

This is while Joe Biden has taken the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States in a ceremony that was unlike any other in the American history.

The ceremony was held at the Capitol on Wednesday under strict and heightened security in the wake of the violent and deadly breach of the Capitol by the supporters of the outgoing President Donald Trump.

President Biden pledged to "repair our alliances and engage with the world once again."

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"We'll lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. We'll be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress and security," he added.

He used his inaugural speech to send a message to the rest of the world about the US.

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"Here's my message to those beyond our borders. America has been tested, and we've come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again," he said

Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris was sworn in minutes earlier as the next Vice President of the United States.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the supporters of Joe Biden were barred from watching the inauguration from the national mall, replaced by 200,000 flags representing all 56 American states and territories.

Among those present were three former presidents of the United States: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush along their spouses.

Vice-President Mike Pence was also the only official from the Trump administration that attended the ceremony, skipping Trump's farewell military salute event at Joint Air Force Base Andrews.

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