‘No Military Farewell Patrol For You’, Pentagon Tells Trump

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US Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2020 en route to Texas. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The grand spectacle of a US Armed Forces Farewell is a custom dating back to the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidential term in 1989, when he famously thanked the military “on behalf of all America”.

Since then, each commander-in-chief has been given a similar tribute as they leave office.

But in a major break with tradition, President Donald Trump will receive no such honour when his term ends this week, Daily Mail reports.

US defence and national security website Defense One broke the news there will be no grand military spectacle, no 21-gun salute for the 45th president of the US, as his request was rejected by the .

“Two senior defence officials confirmed to Defense One on Thursday [January 14] that no military farewell is being planned for the commander in chief,” the website wrote.

In a January 16 letter from Congresswoman Jackson Lee and several colleagues to senior Pentagon officials, Ms Lee reinforced their “strong objection” that any resources be diverted towards “a disruptive departure ceremony”.

It wasn’t clear where the military parade would have taken place – at the White House, the Joint Base Andrews or in Palm Beach.

What is certain is that Mr Trump’s term officially ends at midday on January 20 – a time that multiple media reports suggest he will most likely be at his Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida, or playing golf.

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