Transcript for Donald Trump exits the White House: ‘Have a good life’
Michelle Obama. Former president trump is the first president in more than 150 years to skip the inauguration, planning his own sendoff. Tonight here, his message to supporters and to the incoming administration. Here's our chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: He is the first president in more than 150 years to skip his successor's inauguration. Instead, today Donald Trump tried to put on one more show of his own, as he walked out of the white house for the last time, he suggested we haven't seen the last of him. I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully it's not a long term goodbye. We'll see each other again. Thank you all very much. Reporter: When he arrived at joint base Andrews, a farewell fist bump for his pilot. For the last time as president, he summoned an adoring crowd. A military band. And a 21-gun salute. All for one last speech in front of air force one. We love you, and I can tell you that from the bottom of my heart. Reporter: He still couldn't bring himself to mention Joe Biden by name, but he did skip the talk of a rigged election and he did say this -- I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they'll have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular. Reporter: He begged not to be forgotten. You're going to see some incredible things happening. And remember us when you see these things happening, if you would. Remember us. Reporter: It was a most unusual farewell message for a president. So, have a good life. We will see you soon. Thank you. Reporter: He boarded the plane, offered one final wave good-bye and then he was gone. Jon Karl joining us tonight from the white house. And Jon, grouf covered former president trump for many years now, even before he became president and we might never hear this from him, but is there any chance that he's going to regret when he looks back at the totality of this day, the American tradition, this P transfer of power, that he felt so strongly about skipping it? Reporter: Honestly, David, I don't think Donald Trump does or will regret not attending that ceremony, not for a minute. Of course, Mike pence was there and he got a version of the farewell that the outgoing president usually gets, although it was vice president Harris bidding him farewell, bidding pence farewell as he got in the limousine for one last time, this time as the former vice president. All right, Jon Karl with us tonight, as well, thank you.
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