Trump gets no Pentagon farewell, might still get 21-gun salute and a red carpet at the airport
“For weeks Trump had been laying the groundwork to declare victory on election night even if he lost”.
All he’s getting is some troops, a band, and seven guns shot three times when he boards the plane leaving for Mar-a-Lago. The public gets stuck with some lovely parting grifts.
Donald Trump plans to hold an unprecedented military 'farewell event' with a 21-gun salute, color guard and martial music when he boards Air Force One for Mar-a-Lago on morning of Biden's inauguration
- President Donald Trump will hold an unprecedented farewell event at Joint Base Andrews the morning of Joe Biden's inauguration
- He will hold it at the base where Air Force One is headquartered
- He'll then fly to Mar-a-Lago before Biden takes the oath of office
- That makes unlikely he and Melania will host Joe and Jill for traditional coffee
- But it will let Trump use call sign 'Air Force One' for his flight to Florida
- White House staffers were spotted on Thursday packing large moving trucks with boxes of paperwork
- They were marked for his presidential library, which Trump has not announced any plans for
- Melania Trump is packing up family residence
- Meanwhile Jared Kunshner and Ivanka Trump were seen packing up their townhouse in Kalorama
- They will retreat to Florida alongside Trump, who plans to fly to Mar-a-Lago on Air Force One on January 20
Trump's farewell will take place at the base outside Washington where Air Force One is headquartered. No recent president has had his own sendoff ceremony at JBA.
Officials are considering an elaborate event that would have the feel of a state visit, with a red carpet, color guard, military band and 21-gun salute all being discussed, the Associated Press reported.
Perhaps it’s for the best. Trump has used the military as a political prop since his first days in office, from signing MAGA hats for troops to giving partisan-fueled speeches in the heart of the Pentagon. American’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have been made to stand at attention for Trump’s rants long enough. Besides, presidential visits are an honor and a headache for any military base that hosts them. The last time Trump appeared before troops was the Dec. 12 Army-Navy game at West Point. Before that, there was a brief Oct. 29 private visit with Army special operators at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as he passed through on the presidential campaign trail.
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