A source close to the White House says President Donald Trump spent his final night in the White House working on pardons and signing the final paperwork just before midnight.
His daughter Ivanka was with him until 10 p.m. ET and left to make phone calls to some of the people pardoned until 2 a.m. ET. Ivanka had been very involved in recent days in the criminal justice pardons for non-violent offenders.
The sources says the feeling is “bittersweet” as the family departs today. Another source says he’s relieved to leave behind the pressure of the presidency.
His daughter and son in law will not be joining him on Air Force One.
Marine One just took off from the White House lawn, carrying President Trump to Joint Base Andrews for his send-off ceremony.
But it is not typical for a president’s final flights to be officially called Marine One and Air Force One, since those craft only have those names when the President is on them. (Typically, presidents leave DC after the new president is inaugurated.)
The helicopter flight for the outgoing president typically becomes known as Executive One.