Mr Trump will officially depart from the US capital after an event at Andrews Air Force Base where President Air Force One plane is parked, according to someone familiar with the plan, who spoke under cover. Incognito because the plans of the outgoing president have not been officially announced.
Those in charge of the ceremony will want an elaborate event that will look like a “state visit”, saluting the red carpet, flags, military band and 21 artillery shots.
Trump has already announced that he will not be attending the inauguration ceremony of his successor, which is a historic break with tradition. Joe Biden has spent months making baseless allegations about the president’s “electoral fraud” in an attempt to hand over the presidency. He will be replaced by outgoing vice president Mike Pence at the inaugural event in front of the Capitol on Wednesday.
Washington will leave two weeks after President Trump asked his supporters to damage Capitol, a congressional seat, in an attempt to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after the November presidential election.
Mr Trump is expected to be in Florida with a small group of aides as he reflects on his future.