President Donald Trump is planning to host a farewell ceremony before leaving the White House on the morning of Inauguration Day, according to reports.
Trump is then expected to fly on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where he plans to live, according to reports.
Biden inauguration imminent
Democrat Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. President on Wednesday, January 20th.
In his final tweet before being banned from Twitter, Trump confirmed that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are expected to attend the swearing-in.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, are also expected to attend.
Two sources told Reuters that Trump is considering holding the ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, near Washington D.C. However, the sources noted that Trump’s plans could change.
Trump’s supporters hope that the president will give a final speech before leaving D.C., but according to Reuters, it is unclear whether Trump will speak or not.
There may be a 21-gun salute as part of the ceremony, sources said.
More pardons expected
According to reports, Trump is also considering issuing more pardons in the last few days of his presidency. One possible pardon could go to his former campaign aide, Steve Bannon, two sources told Politico.
Bannon was indicted in August for defrauding donors in connection to “We Build The Wall,” an online fundraising campaign to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall. He has pleaded not guilty.
Another pardon hopeful is the so-called “Qanon shaman,” Jacob Chansley, who was arrested and charged for his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6. His lawyer has appealed to the president for a pardon, saying that Chansley “took seriously the countless messages of President Trump.”
As one of his last acts in office, Trump might also announce “pre-emptive” pardons for close allies and family members, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump, according to media reports.