Trump leaves White House, says ‘It’s been a great honor’

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President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time as president.

After Trump emerged from the building he spoke briefly to aides and supports and said, “It’s been a great honor.”

Trump now heads to Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland, where he’ll have a military sendoff. Four U.S. Army cannons are set up for a 21-gun salute.

Trump then flies to Florida, where he’ll stay at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump is leaving Washington just hours before Joe Biden takes the oath of office.  

It’s the first time in more than a century that a sitting president has rejected the tradition of attending his successor’s inauguration.

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