Simply 4 hours earlier than Joe Biden took the oath of workplace, outgoing US president Donald Trump crossed the White Home South Garden for the final time to be whisked away by Marine One on the primary leg of a journey that ended at his Mar-a-Lago resort close to West Palm Seaside. Earlier than he boarded Air Pressure One for the brief flight to Florida, the still-president held a small farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, exterior Washington DC. White Home staffers reportedly struggled to seek out attendees, inviting quite a few former officers who misplaced their positions within the administration after displeasing the president. The small gathering heard their former boss promise to return ‘in some type’.
With that, the Trump Period – brief, loud, and erratic – got here to its finish. The final days of the Trump Administration handed in virtually eerie silence after the president had each his Twitter and Fb accounts cancelled, muzzling the loudhailers that not solely launched his candidacy 5 years in the past, but additionally sustained its momentum as much as the shock victory and subsequently proved priceless as instruments for bypassing journalists and avoiding their tough or awkward questions.
Mr Trump broke with a 150-year-old custom and declined to be current on the swearing in of his successor. In line with White Home staffers, he did depart a letter for the incoming president. Its contents weren’t disclosed. The outgoing president persists in his fact-free conviction that he gained the election by a landslide and was robbed of a second time period in workplace by large fraud.
All residing former presidents attended the sober ceremony which is occurred on the Capitol the place solely weeks earlier than an unruly mob stormed and broke into the constructing, disrupting a joint session of Congress meant to substantiate Joe Biden because the 46th president of the USA. The process resumed after the Capitol had been cleared.
Simply earlier than he left the limelight he craved, and holding with custom, Mr Trump signed dozens of presidential pardons which – additionally true to custom – brought on a minor uproar and a predictable public outcry. Amongst these Mr Trump pardoned was his former marketing campaign supervisor, political whisperer, and chief strategist Steve Bannon who plead not responsible to defrauding 1000’s of Trump followers who donated $25 million to the ‘We Construct the Wall’ marketing campaign. Mr Bannon, who was arrested while cruising the waters off Connecticut aboard the yacht of a Chinese language billionaire, has been charged with the misappropriation of $1 million.
Mr Trump didn’t pardon himself or any members of his direct household. He did, nonetheless, let rapper Lil Wayne off the hook. Mr Wayne was arrested for possessing an unregistered loaded gold-plated handgun and confronted as much as ten years behind bars. Additionally granted a pardon was co-founder Anthony Levandovski of Google’s self-driving car programme who had been serving an 18-month jail sentence for relaying commerce secrets and techniques to rival Uber. To maintain probably inconvenient truths below wraps, Mr Trump additionally pardoned various politicians and former associates, together with his erstwhile marketing campaign supervisor Paul Manafort and the self-proclaimed grasp of political hardball and intrigue Roger Stone.
Nevertheless, the variety of pardons and commutations Mr Trump issued on the final day of his presidency compares favourably to these of his predecessors. His departure from the White Home was an uncharacteristically low-key occasion. As quickly as Mr Trump had left the constructing, the mainstream media he so despises began waxing lyrical concerning the incoming administration with CNN particularly going all-out and praising President Biden to excessive heaven, elevating expectations to far past the affordable and taking short-term depart of journalistic ideas of impartiality and equity in reporting.