Watch: President Trump's final speech as he prepares to depart White House

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Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 10:23AM

Watch: President Trump's final speech as he prepares to depart White House

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news.com.au,
Publish Date
Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 10:23AM

Departing President Donald Trump has declared "we did what we came do" in a final address from the White House.

"Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens," he said.

"We did what we came here to do—and so much more."

Earlier, Trump's staff were packing up his possessions in preparation to leave the White House — but his exit from America's most famous residence is already proving to be one of the most ungracious in history.

The Trumps will make their exit early tomorrow morning, when the outgoing president will become the first to boycott his successor's inauguration since Democrat Andrew Johnson snubbed Republican Ulysses S Grant in 1869.

As photos showed staff removing framed mementos and a bronze bust of former president Abraham Lincoln over the past week, Trump was at work planning his leaving celebrations, which will take place at Joint Base Andrews before he and wife Melania take their final flight on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Trump-owned resort will be the family's home for the time being, as the former president deals with the consequences of the trail of destruction he has left behind, including a second impeachment and criminal investigations.