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Donald Trump told supporters "we will back in some form" in a rambling, incoherent farewell speech before flying off to Florida.
In his final public statement before Joe Biden replaces him as President this afternoon, he told a handful of followers at Joint Base Andrews: "Have a good life. We will see you soon."
As had become customary for his campaign speeches during the 2020 campaign, he left the stage to the sound of Village People's 'YMCA'.
The President, who has not officially conceded defeat in the election and falsely claimed Biden had only won through fraud, said his electoral share had been a "record" for a sitting president – before sending a string of warnings to his successor.
He said: “We just got 75million votes and that’s a record in the history of sitting Presidents – that’s an all time record by a lot, by many millions.”
Boasting of his administration's tax reforms, President Trump told the crowd: "I hope they don't raise your taxes, but if they do I told you so."
On the economy he left behind, he said: "You're going to see incredible numbers coming in if everything is left alone, be careful."
"The job numbers have been absolutely incredible," he said. "When we started, had we not been hit by the pandemic, we would have had numbers that would never have been seen. Already our numbers are the best ever.
"If you look at what happened until February a year ago, our numbers were at a level nobody had ever seen before. And even now, we really built it twice.”
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He went on to boast of his response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed 400,000 Americans.
“As bad as the pandemic was, we were hit so hard just like the entire world was hit so hard. Places that thought they got away with it didn’t get away with it, they’re suffering right now.
"We did something that is really considered a medical miracle, they’re calling it a miracle and that is the vaccine.
"We got the vaccine developed in nine months instead of nine years, or five years, or ten years, or a long time. It was supposed to take a long time, many many years to develop a vaccine.”
Since losing last year's election the President has been rumoured to be planning a return to politics – either through a run for the presidency in 2024, a TV or streaming service for his supporters or by forming a new political party.
Early in his speech, President Trump gave up the microphone to his wife, Melania.
She said: "Being your first lady was my greatest honour, thank you for your love and your support, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
"God bless you all, god bless your families and god bless this beautiful nation.”
Trump said: “That’s true honey, great job.”
A thin crowd was present at the Air Force base in the Maryland suburbs to hear Trump's final stump speech.
A string of former supporters and staff members are reported to have declined invitations to attend the event.
They include former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who became a Trump critic after leaving the President's service.
Anthony Scaramucci, who was White House director of communications for eleven days, also says he was invited, but declined.
President Trump left the White House for the final time this morning
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Trump is the first President in more than a century to refuse to attend his successor's inauguration.
He is fourth President in history to dodge the ceremony, along with John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson.
Richard Nixon did not attend Gerald Ford's swearing in after he left the White House in disgrace, though his successor never had a public Inauguration ceremony.
It has been reported this morning that Trump broke from the traditions of the Inauguration because he wanted to avoid the indignity of travelling on Marine One and Air Force One after they had lost their presidential designation.
Vice President Mike Pence did not attend President Trump's farewell event, because he is attending the Inauguration.
President Trump left the White House for the final time at 8am, boarding Marine One for the 15 minute journey to Joint Base Andrews for his final goodbye.
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Leaving the White House, he told reporters it had been "the honour of a lifetime" to serve as President.
He added: "We just want to say goodbye, but hopefully not a long-term goodbye"
Following his farewell event, he will fly to his Mar a Lago resort in Florida – though he will remain President until Joe Biden takes the oath of office at noon in Washington DC – 5pm UK time.
While President Trump was speaking at Andrews, President-Elect Biden was attending church along with congressional leaders from both parties.