Trump vows, 'We will be back in some form,' as he departs for Florida ahead of Biden inauguration

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – President Donald Trump vowed, "We will be back in some form," as he and First Lady Melania Trump departed the White House on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris.

The Trumps left the White House around 8:15 a.m. on Marine One for Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

“It’s been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime,” Trump said as he strode across the South Lawn to board the helicopter with his wife.

President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort.
President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. Photo credit AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Around around 8:30 a.m., the Trumps arrived at Joint Base Andrews, where Trump delivered remarks.

"I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will be listening," Trump said. "And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better. 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."

Trump also promised that, "We will be back in some form."

"Have a good life, we will see you soon," he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump arrive to a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump arrive to a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Photo credit Stefani Reynolds/Pool/Sipa USA

The Trumps then got on Air Force One to fly to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, as the Village People's "Y.M.C.A." and John Elton's "Piano Man" played.

A red carpet was placed on the tarmac for the Trumps to walk on. They waved from the top steps of Air Force One before getting inside. The plane departed Maryland around 9 a.m.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to supporters as they board Air Force One to head to Florida on January 20, 2021 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to supporters as they board Air Force One to head to Florida on January 20, 2021 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Photo credit Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images

Supporters of Trump are expected to welcome the president after he lands at Palm Beach International Airport.

Trump issued a farewell video on Tuesday in which he trumpeted his administration's accomplishments and wished his successor luck.

“This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said in the video.

Trump will be the first president in over a century to not attend the inauguration of his successor. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are scheduled to attend the inauguration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.