Donald Trump has left the White Home for the ultimate time of his presidency, forward of the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Mr Trump is taking a helicopter to the close by Andrews base, the place he’s anticipated to talk, and can then board the Air Power One aircraft for Florida.
He’s the primary president to snub his successor’s inauguration since 1869.
Mr Biden will take the oath of workplace by midday (17:00 GMT) in Washington, which has been fortified following a lethal riot on the Capitol this month.
Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony, which shall be lacking the standard tons of of hundreds of spectators as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Alongside Mr Biden, Kamala Harris will make historical past when she is sworn in because the nation’s first lady vice-president.
Forward of his inauguration Mr Biden on Wednesday set out 15 government actions he would take instantly, protecting local weather, equality, immigration and coronavirus.
How will inauguration day unfold?
Mr Biden shall be sworn in as forty sixth president of the US by Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts outdoors the US Capitol.
There’s extra-tight safety after the Capitol was breached by violent pro-Trump protesters on 6 January.
Amongst these current shall be three former presidents: Barack Obama – whom Mr Biden served for eight years as vice-president – Invoice Clinton and George W Bush.
Outgoing Vice-President Mike Pence may also attend the ceremony, skipping Mr Trump’s farewell army salute occasion at Andrews base.
Aides say Mr Biden, a Democrat, will use his inaugural tackle of about half an hour to ship an optimistic name for nationwide unity after his Republican predecessor’s turbulent tenure.
Minutes beforehand, Vice-President-elect Harris shall be sworn in, changing into the primary lady and the primary black and Asian-American elevated to serve in a job a heartbeat from the presidency.
There shall be musical performances from Girl Gaga – who will sing the nationwide anthem – in addition to Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.
A night live performance on the Lincoln Memorial within the metropolis shall be hosted by Tom Hanks and embrace Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, and Demi Lovato.
Mr Biden, a Catholic, plans to attend Mass on Wednesday morning at a cathedral within the metropolis with the 4 prime congressional leaders – each Republicans and Democrats.
What’s Trump doing?
He and First Girl Melania Trump walked out on to the White Home’s South Garden at about 08:10 native time and headed to the Marine One helicopter, which has now taken off for the quick journey to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
Mr Trump would be the first president to not attend his successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson snubbed Ulysses S Grant in 1869.
After the farewell ceremony at Andrews with a gun-salute and army band, he’ll fly off to start post-presidential life at his Mar-a-Lago golf membership in Palm Seashore.
In his final hours, Mr Trump granted clemency to more than 140 people, together with his former adviser Steve Bannon, who’s dealing with fraud costs.
In a farewell video message on Tuesday, Mr Trump known as on People to hope for the incoming administration, although he didn’t point out his successor by title.
He mentioned he was happy with what he had achieved over the previous 4 years, highlighting his Center East peace offers and his document as the primary president in many years to not begin any wars.
However the political drama surrounding him is way from over. The US Senate is anticipated to place him on trial quickly, following his document second impeachment by the Home of Representatives for allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.
On Tuesday, the Senate’s Republican chief, Mitch McConnell, mentioned the mob had been provoked by Mr Trump and fed lies.
What’s going to Biden do on his first day?
Mr Biden has set out a flurry of government orders.
In a press release on Wednesday he mentioned he would signal 15 orders after he’s sworn in. They are going to:
- Reverse Mr Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris local weather accord
- Revoke the presidential allow granted to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is opposed by environmentalists and Native American teams
- Revoke Trump insurance policies on immigration enforcement and the emergency declaration that helped fund the development of a Mexican border wall
- Deliver a few masks and distancing mandate for federal staff and in federal buildings, and a brand new White Home workplace on coronavirus
- Finish a journey ban on guests from some, primarily Muslim, nations
Different orders will cowl race and gender equality, together with local weather points.
Mr Biden’s vice-president will swear in three new Democratic senators on Wednesday, leaving the higher chamber of Congress evenly break up between the 2 important events. This can enable the vice-president to behave as a tie-breaker in key votes.
Mr Biden’s legislative ambitions may very well be tempered by the slender majorities he holds in each the Senate and Home of Representatives.
On Tuesday, Mr Biden delivered a speech in his dwelling state of Delaware, telling reporters “these are darkish occasions… however there’s all the time gentle”, earlier than heading to Washington.
Within the night, he and Ms Harris led a tribute on the reflecting pool in entrance of the Lincoln Memorial to the 400,000 People misplaced to Covid-19.
They have been virtually alone on the Nationwide Mall, the place some 200,000 flags have been planted to signify the crowds who shall be absent at Wednesday’s inauguration.
What is the temper like in Washington?
Some 25,000 Nationwide Guard troops are guarding the Capitol, White Home and Nationwide Mall, that are additionally protected by a hoop of metal made up of barricades and tall fencing.
Forward of Mr Biden’s arrival within the metropolis, 12 Nationwide Guard members have been faraway from the presidential inauguration safety mission after they have been discovered to have ties with right-wing militia teams or posted extremist views on-line.
There was no menace to Mr Biden, officers mentioned.
How can I watch the inauguration?
We’ll carry you all the most recent developments, with evaluation from reporting groups in Washington on the Capitol and on the Nationwide Mall.
•Tv: The BBC’s Katty Kay in Washington DC presents stay protection of the important thing occasions across the inauguration on BBC One from 16:00-18:00 GMT and on BBC Information Channel (UK solely) and BBC World (Exterior UK solely) from 15:30-19:00 GMT
•Radio: The BBC World Service has particular radio protection on Outside Source 16:00-18:00 GMT