By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Veronica Rocha and also Fernando Alfonso III,

Meanwhile, Donald trump is in ~ Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He to be the an initial president in 150 year to boycott his successor"s inauguration.

President trump did leave a keep in mind for his successor, Joe Biden, follow to a person acquainted with the matter.

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The contents of the keep in mind weren"t automatically clear.

Some background: One that the modern Inauguration Day traditions for presidents leaving office is to write their followers a letter offering ideal wishes and also advice. This is generally left on the Resolute desk to read once the brand-new president first enters the Oval Office.

You can read several of the letters outgoing Presidents left for their successors here."s Kaitlan Collins reports:

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9:09 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Trump has actually departed the DC area because that the critical time together President

President Donald trump and an initial lady Melania Trump board Air force One in ~ Joint basic Andrews in Maryland top top January 20. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Air force One, delivering President trump card and first Lady Melania Trump, simply took off from Joint basic Andrews. They"re on their means to Florida.

The plane took off as Frank Sinatra"s "My Way" played end speakers.

While it is typical for outgoing presidents to depart Washington on among the airplanes kept by the 89th Airlift wing of the air Force, it is not typical for that last flight to it is in officially referred to as Air pressure One, due to the fact that those handmade only have actually those names once the chairman is on them.

An outgoing president"s final plane flight is usually dubbed a special Air Mission. Trump’s predecessor, 44th chairman Barack Obama, left town on a trip officially known as special Air Mission 44.

But Trump’s beforehand departure indigenous the White House method he’ll still it is in president because that the whole of his trip to Florida.

Watch minute Air pressure One departs:

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8:58 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Trump rejected scripted remarks because that this morning's last speech

From"s Kevin Liptak

Aides had prepared a speech for the president this morning that consisted of references come the incoming management and included an ext gracious language around a tranquil transition, according to a person acquainted with the matter.

But trumped discarded the speech, and also teleprompters were eliminated from the stage before he came down on Joint basic Andrews.

A person familiar with the matter said the decision was made after Trump read the remarks this morning in ~ the White House.

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1:10 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Trump didn't mention Biden by surname in his final speech together President

President trumped and first Lady Melania trumped are about to leave Joint basic Andrews because that Florida.

In his short, unscripted remarks, trump card thanked his family and vowed come "always fight."

“You are exceptional people. This is a great, good country. It is my best honor and privilege to have been your President,” Trump stated to a crowd of his family and also staff. 

While he wished the next administration "great luck," but he walk not point out President-elect Joe Biden by name.

In his critical words prior to getting ~ above the plane, trumped said: "Have a great life, us will view you soon."

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9:31 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

The Bidens have arrived at church

From"s Aditi Sangal

President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden attend mass at the Cathedral the St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, with congressional leader on January 20. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Moments after chairman Trump board Air force One had his farewell ceremony at Joint base Andrews, President-elect Joe Biden was seen departing Blair House along with his wife Jill Biden to go to church.

His motorcade just arrived at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, where he"ll attend mass this morning v his family, evil President-elect Kamala Harris and also her family.

They will certainly be join by bipartisan congressional leaders. Dad Kevin O"Brien will distribution the homily.

The Bidens attend Mass front of inauguration:

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8:51 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Biden is attending a church business this morning. Below are an essential things to know about the tradition.

From’s Ethan Cohen, Liz Stark and Adam Levy

Joe Biden, who will become only the 2nd Catholic president, is attending a service at the Cathedral that St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, front of his Inauguration later on today. 

Biden will be join by all four congressional leaders, reported, including Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader chuck Schumer.

Incoming presidents commonly attend services on the morning of their inauguration, regularly at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a little church throughout Lafayette Square indigenous the White home known together “The Church the the Presidents.” 

Since 1933, 7 presidents – Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Obama and also Trump – to visit morning services at St. John’s front of your public inaugurations, according to the share Congressional Committee ~ above Inaugural Ceremonies. 

FDR visited St. John’s prior to three the his inaugurations; because that his fourth, in 1945, FDR attend a private service at the White House.

St. John’s was back in the news in 2020 as the background of Trump’s infamous holy bible photo op.

About the Cathedral that St. Matthew the Apostle: The cathedral, the mommy Church that the archdiocese of Washington, is called for Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants, follow to the cathedral’s website.

St. Matthew’s has been the website of several historic events, including the funeral Mass for President john F. Kennedy top top November 25, 1963. Funerals for Chief justice of the U.S. Can be fried Court wilhelm Rehnquist and also Associate Justice wilhelm J. Brennan were also held there.

Mother Teresa, Pope man Paul II and also Pope Francis have actually all went to St. Matthew’s, together well.

The cathedral likewise traditionally hosts an yearly celebration dubbed the “Red Mass” ~ above the Sunday prior to the beginning of the can be fried Court’s constant October term, wherein Supreme Court justices, members the Congress and government leaders are invited to attend the unique service.

President Donald trump speaks prior to boarding Air force One in ~ Joint basic Andrews in Maryland top top January 20. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

In his closeup of the door remarks as President, Donald trump promised to "always fight" and also wished the just arrive Biden management "great luck."

“You are exceptional people. This is a great, great country. It is my best honor and privilege to have actually been your President,” Trump said to a group of his family and staff. 

“I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will certainly be listening, and also I will tell you that the future that this country has actually never been better. I wish the new administration great lucky and good success. I think they"ll have great success. They have the structure to do something really spectacular,” trump card added. 

He likewise thanked Vice president Mike Pence, 2nd Lady Karen Pence and also Congress.

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See Trump speak goodbye in closing address:

As he began his remarks in ~ Joint base Andrews, president Trump focused on his family, who were in attendance to the next of the stage.

He well-known his children, saying, “People have no idea how tough this household worked. They can have had actually a much simpler life, yet they just, they go a fantastic job.”

He likewise recognized his chef of staff, note Meadows, before calling up very first lady Melania Trump to make quick remarks.

He dubbed the an initial lady a “woman of good grace and also beauty and dignity," and also said she to be “so famous with the people,” despite polling that finds she is the first lady with the lowest popularity rating in current history. 

Melania Trump took the podium briefly, saying, “Being your very first lady was my greatest honor."

After she concluded she remarks, the president retook the microphone, saying, “What else needs to be said, right? it is true honey, an excellent job.”