The Pentagon has decided to break the usual tradition and will not host an Armed Forces farewell for Donald Trump as he leaves office on Wednesday 20 January, two senior defence officials have confirmed.
A source who claims that Trump spoke to them about his departure told CNN that the 74-year-old wanted his exit to involve a ‘military-style send off and a crowd of supporters’ but that is not going to be possible.
The President will vacate the White House during a closed-to-the-public ceremony where President-elect, Joe Biden will be sworn in.
This comes after a majority of the US House of Representatives voted to impeach the 45th president – for a second time.
The vote took place on 13 January following the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters the week before.
Part of the article of impeachment reads: “Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States…
“Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office.”
Following the impeachment, Trump made a statement condemning the riots that erupted and insisted that he didn’t incite the violence.
He said: “As I have said, the incursion of the US Capitol struck at the very heart of our Republic. It angered and appalled millions of Americans across the political spectrum.
“I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement.”
“Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values,” he said.
“Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for.”
The final vote in the House for impeachment was 232 in favour, 197 against, with the charge being for ‘inciting an insurrection’ against the US government.
Various Republicans broke with the party in order to vote in favour of the impeachment, including Washington State Congressman, Dan Newhouse.
The case that has been put forward by Democrats claims that the president’s speech, which accused the opposition of electoral fraud, incited thousands of supporters to march to Congress and launch the attack.