Trump leaves White House hours before Biden's inauguration: 'Have a good life'

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Trump leaves White House hours before Biden's inauguration: 'Have a good life'

President Donald Trump, holding hands with Melania Trump, left the White House for the final time as commander in chief shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"Hopefully it’s not a long-term goodbye. We will see each other again," Trump said as he left the White House.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with the media as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House,Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with the media as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House,Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with the media as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)
PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with the media as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Trump boarded Marine One to head to Joint Base Andrews for a farewell speech hours before Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th president of the United States.

Trump, who is not attending Biden's inauguration, was greeted at Joint Base Andrews by cannons firing and the military band playing.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

"We've accomplished so much together," Trump said to the small crowd, as his family looked on. "People have no idea how hard this family worked -- and they worked for you. They could've had a much easier life."

PHOTO: Donald Trump Jr. attends the departure ceremony of President Donald Trump at the Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
PHOTO: Donald Trump Jr. attends the departure ceremony of President Donald Trump at the Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Trump invited Melania Trump to the mic, where she said, "being your first lady was my greatest honor. Thank you for your love and your support."

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look at supporters before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look at supporters before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 20, 2021. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
PHOTO: First lady Melania Trump watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Jan. 20, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
PHOTO: First lady Melania Trump watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Jan. 20, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

The president took a look back at his term, telling the audience, "What we have done has been amazing by any standard."

"We've left it all on the field," he said.

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He touted his appointment of three Supreme Court justices, creation of the Space Force, a strong economy before the pandemic and development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Trump referred to the pandemic as if it was in the past, saying, "As bad as the pandemic was ... we did something that is really considered a medical miracle. They’re calling it a miracle, and that was the vaccine. We got the vaccine developed in nine months."

PHOTO: Outgoing President Donald Trump addresses guests at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Jan. 20, 2021. (Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Outgoing President Donald Trump addresses guests at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Jan. 20, 2021. (Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Outgoing President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, D.C, Jan. 20, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Outgoing President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, D.C, Jan. 20, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

The president said, "I will always fight for you. I will be watching, I will be listening and I will tell you the future of the country has never been better."

Trump did not name Biden or Vice President-elect Kamala Harris but said he wishes the "new administration great luck and great success."

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Trump said of the new administration, "They have the foundation to do something really spectacular. And again, we put it in a position like it has never been before."

At the conclusion of his speech, Trump briefly thanked Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence.

Trump also thanked Congress, adding, "At least certain elements in Congress."

He ended by saying, "We will be back in some form."

"Have a good life -- we will see you soon," Trump said.

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