President Trump to leave Washington Wednesday ahead of inauguration

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US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Trump will be sent off with a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, according to a person familiar with the planning who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because Trump’s plans have not been formally announced.

In discussion, officials are considering a color guard, military band and 21-gun salute for the event.

Trump had already announced that he would not be attending Biden’s inauguration, a break with tradition. Vice President Mike Pence will attend in his place.

In a video address Thursday Trump said his focus was on “a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.” He also unequivocally condemned the violence seen last week at the U.S. Capitol in a video message Wednesday asking everyone who has supported his agenda to look for ways to ease tensions.

Trump is expected to remain in Florida with a small group of aides.

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