Donald Trump has vowed he will be “back in some form” after departing the White House for the final time as president, ignoring Joe Biden’s inauguration.
He told supporters as he prepared to fly to Florida that it had been “a great honour to be your president”.
He is the first president to snub his successor’s inauguration since 1869 but did say, “I wish the new administration great luck and great success.”
Mr Trump delivered his final speech as president at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, after flying there from the White House with First Lady Melania Trump.
He highlighted his “amazing” achievements, citing job creation, the establishment of a “Space Force”, policies for veterans and on taxation, as well as the speedy development of Covid vaccines.
He urged people to be “very, very careful” about the “horrible” pandemic and paid respects to those who had suffered.
He said, “It’s been a great honour and privilege to be your president… I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will be listening.
“I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they will have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”
He added, “Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form. Have a good life. We will see you soon.”
Joe Biden will take the oath of office by noon (17:00 GMT) in Washington amid heavy security.
Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony following a deadly riot by pro-Trump supporters at the Capitol earlier this month.
The ceremony will also be missing the traditional hundreds of thousands of spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside Mr Biden, Kamala Harris will make history when she is sworn in as the nation’s first woman vice-president.
Ahead of his inauguration Mr Biden on Wednesday set out 15 executive actions he would take immediately, covering climate, equality, immigration and the COVID-19.
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