US President Donald Trump will leave Washington on Wednesday at dawn, a few hours before the inauguration of his democrat successor Joe Biden, whom he has still not congratulated.
Obviously eager not to leave the US federal capital as former president, the former businessman, very sensitive to decorum, will join Florida and his luxurious club in Mar-a-Lago, where he intends to settle in.
After a helicopter departure from the White House Gardens, he will fly from Andrews military base, Maryland, for his last flight aboard Air Force One.
In Washington, an unrecognizable city transformed into a camp entrenched after the Capitol violence, preparations continue for the swearing in of Joe Biden, who will become the 46th president of United States history on Wednesday at noon.
His team distils the details day after day. Lady Gaga, whom Joe Biden calls his “great friend”, will sing the American national anthem.
But the festival will have a special taste this year: the “National Mall”, the huge esplanade at the foot of the Capitol, will be closed to the public.
Only duly accredited persons will be allowed to enter the area where, traditionally, hundreds of thousands of supporters of the president-elect gather.
Since Donald Trump‘s supporters took the Capitol on January 6, Washington has been placed under high surveillance, gridded by law enforcement forces now backed by thousands of military personnel.
Joe Biden’s team and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the American population to avoid central Washington and follow the nomination ceremony online or on television.
Donald Trump snobes the investiture
In a striking contrast with a Donald Trump, deprived of his Twitter account and who lives recluded in the White House, Vice President Mike Pence appears a little more like the man in command every day.
On Thursday, he congratulated by phone future vice-president Kamala Harris, told AFP on Friday a source close to the file. This was their first exchange since their fall debate, at the heart of the campaign.
He also planned to participate in the inauguration ceremony, such as former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
After the ceremony, Joe Biden will travel to the Arlington National Cemetery with them to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier and make a call to the unit.
Donald Trump is the first president to snober his successor‘s performance for over 150 years.
After having for more than two months refused to acknowledge his defeat in the November 3 election, he ended up promising a smooth transition a few days ago, but he never congratulated Joe Biden.
The White House is emptied at high speed, with many councillors having already left the premises, taking documents and memories.
The photos of Donald Trump traveling in the United States or around the world, hung on the walls of the famous West Wing, are already out of there.
On the large empty walls, only a few hooks remain, waiting for Joe Biden’s photos.
By CCEiT (AFP source)