Speaker Donald Trump (74) has left Washington with his wife Melania (50) practically in silence. The farewell party, which he himself had invited to the Andrews military airfield, was only framed by a few gunshots, old 80s canned hits and a few calls from fans. After just 15 minutes, the farewell ceremony for the 45th President was over – and Trump was history.
In a short speech he patted himself on the shoulder again: “What we have done is amazing in every way,” he said. He praised the economy and its own vaccine, which was developed within just nine months.
“It’s a big, big country”
He promised his followers that he would always fight for them. He will watch and listen to what will happen. “You are incredible, this is a big, big country. It was a privilege to have been your president. “
When his fans chanted “We love you”, Trump replied: “We also love you with all our hearts. You don’t know how hard this family worked, they could have had an easier life. “
Melania also spoke briefly. She was happy that she was allowed to be the first lady and finally said: “God bless this beautiful nation!”
Trump wishes the new administration success
Trump wished the new administration good luck and success. Here, too, he did not hold back with self-praise: it was his administration that laid the foundation for the future government to achieve “something spectacular”.
Only the name of his successor Joe Biden (78) didn’t cross his lips: After all: According to CNN, he left him a letter in the White House, as is customary when handing over office. Content? Unknown.
His last words almost sounded like a threat: “We will return in some form. Have a good life, we will meet again soon. “
“YMCA” ran as farewell
Trump traveled with delicate luggage: because he did not want to meet Biden directly, he took the “Nuclear Football”, the suitcase with the atomic bomb start codes, with him. However, the codes on the card were deactivated at exactly 12 noon. At the same time, Biden was given a new card with the codes and a new “football”.
Trump announced days ago that he would not attend the handover and would leave Washington in the morning. About his own celebration he had spoken in advance of an occasion with military honors. Nothing came of that. Not even a military band played. Instead, old disco hits like “Gloria” by Laura Branigan and “YMCA” by the Village People rattled out of the loudspeakers.
Friends did not come to say goodbye
Many of his friends had abandoned him and canceled their participation in the celebration, including ex-chief of staff John Kelly (70) and ex-legal advisor Don McGahn (52). According to CNN, junior helpers (who never had anything to do with Trump) were invited to add to the guest list.