US President Joe Biden Inauguration: ‘Will be back in some form,’ says Trump as he exits White House

US President Joe Biden Inauguration: ‘Will be back in some form,’ says Trump as he exits White House

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Inauguration Live Updates: Donald Trump walked out of the White House for one last on Wednesday and headed to Florida, giving a miss to the inauguration event of Joe Biden where he will take oath as the 46th president of the United States. US President Donald Trump left the White House for the final time on Wednesday, heading by helicopter to a nearby military base where he would fly to Florida, leaving the inauguration of successor Joe Biden in an extraordinary break with tradition .

In his final remarks before leaving the White House, Trump said, “We love the American people and again it has been something very special. And I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully it’s not a long term goodbye. We’ll see each other again.” Trump, 74, and First Lady Melania Trump walked a short red carpet and boarded Marine One on the White House lawn on a sunny but chilly day in Washington for the short flight to Joint Base Andrews where he will board Air Force One.

On the eve of his inauguration, Biden Tuesday led a national mourning ceremony in Washington to pay tribute to those who had died of the novel coronavirus. There were 400 lights lit at Lincoln Memorial to mark the 400,000 people who had succumbed to the virus in the country. In brief remarks to reporters, Trump said it had been an "amazing four years" and the "honor of a lifetime." He said: "I just want to say goodbye."

US President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President and and his deputy Kamala Harris will be the 49th Vice-President of the United States tonight Ms Harris will make history as America's first woman, first Black and first person with south Asian roots to take the office of the Vice President in the US.

In his farewell address to the nation Tuesday, Donald Trump extended his wishes to the Biden administration. “This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said. “I did not seek the easiest course… By far, it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices, because that’s what you elected me to do. Your needs were my first and last unyielding focus,” he added.

Weeks after the Capitol Hill siege, there are extraordinary levels of security in place for the inauguration ceremony that is expected to begin at 8.30 pm IST. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take oath of office, following which Biden will deliver his inaugural speech laying down the vision of his administration. Here’s how the event will unfold.

President-elect Joe Biden arrives for Mass along with bipartisan House and Senate leaders

US President-elect Joe Biden arrived at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. along with a number of Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders ahead of the inauguration ceremony. 

President-elect Biden now at Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with bipartisan leaders of House and Senate.

Mr. Biden plans to close his new administration on Wednesday, with orders from the United States to reinstate the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization. He said he would sign 17 orders and actions 17 hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in as the US leader to break policies and set new avenues on immigration, the environment, fight Kovid-19 and the economy. .

In first-day moves, Joe Biden will end Trump's much-assailed ban on visitors from several majority-Muslim countries and halt construction of the wall that Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.