Donald Trump has hinted at a comeback as he said farewell to Washington, while breaking tradition to avoid the inauguration ceremony of new US President Joe Biden.
Trump on Wednesday became the first president to snub his successor’s inauguration since 1869, but he wished the new administration good luck and success.
“It is my greatest honour and privilege to have been your president,” Trump said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after leaving the White House for the last time.
“I wish the new administration great luck and great success.
“I think they’ll have great success, they have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”
Trump told his cheering, chanting supporters that he’ll be watching and listening from a distance.
“So just a goodbye. We love you,” he said.
“We will be back in some form.”
Members of Trump’s family gathered for the send-off on the military base along with the president’s loyalists before jetting off to Florida.
Speaking without notes, Trump said his presidency was an “incredible four years”.
He told the crowd that he and his wife Melania Trump loved them and praised his family for its hard work, saying they could have chosen to have an easier life.
Trump did not name President Biden during his brief speech.