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Washington: President Donald Trump plans to leave Washington on Wednesday morning before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, according to a senior administration official. Trump had previously announced he would not attend his successor's inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, breaking with decades of tradition.

Instead, Trump will attend an unprecedented farewell event at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, where Air Force One is kept. No recent president has had his own sendoff ceremony at Andrews.

A senior administration official confirmed Trump's plans, first reported by Reuters.

Traditionally, the leaving first couple attends the swearing-in ceremony of the new president at the U.S. Capitol and then flies off in a military helicopter to board a government jet at the airbase to take them wherever they're going now as private citizens.

The last president to skip his successor's inauguration was Andrew Johnson in 1869. (Like Trump, Johnson was also impeached.)

Vice President Mike Pence has said he will attend Biden's ceremony.