United States President Donald Trump has left the White House.
Trump boarded the presidential helicopter Marine One at 8:20am (13:20 GMT) on Wednesday, Aljazeera reports.
He briefly spoke to reporters calling his term the ‘honour of a lifetime’ and an ‘amazing four years’ before boarding the helicopter en-route to a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, before flying to Florida.
The departure comes less than four hours before Joe Biden will become the country’s 46th president.
Capping off a presidency that prided itself on bucking modern political norms, Trump ended his four-year stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with one final breach of decorum as he became the first president in more than 150 years to skip his successor’s inauguration.
He did adhere to one tradition of an outgoing president – leaving a note for his successor. He left one in the Oval Office for Joe Biden, according to news reports. An aide dropped off the note, Bloomberg News reported, as Trump did not go to the Oval Office Wednesday morning..
The real estate-mogul-turned-businessman-turned-president instead has maintained that November’s election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him – claims that were found to have no basis in reality despite numerous court challenges, audits and recounts.