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Trump to depart White House hours before Biden inauguration, flying Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago last time

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  • Trump may give final remarks as commander in chief during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
  • Last week the president announced he will not attend the inauguration.
  • Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are expected to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration.



Donald Trump holding a sign: U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2021.


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U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he boards Air Force One at Valley International Airport after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2021.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to depart the White House for West Palm Beach, Florida, a few hours before his successor, President-elect Joe

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Pelosi Asks Nation’s Top Military Officer About Preventing ‘Unhinged’ Trump From Using the Nuclear Codes

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reached out to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing President Trump from accessing the nuclear launch codes, a sign of lawmakers’ growing alarm over what the president could do in the final days of his tenure.

The speaker, in a letter to House Democrats on Friday, said she spoke to the nation’s top military officer, Mark Milley, about the “unstable” and “unhinged” president and his access to America’s nuclear weapons.

“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for

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California woman shot and killed by U.S. Capitol was Air Force veteran who backed Trump

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By ELLIOT SPAGAT | The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — The woman who was fatally shot when a mob supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol was identified by authorities Thursday as Ashli Babbitt, whose family described her as an Air Force veteran and avid supporter of Trump and his efforts to stay in office.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer on Wednesday shot Babbitt, who later died at a hospital. The shooting occurred as thousands of rioters forced their way into the House chamber, where members of Congress were hiding, according to Steven A. Sund, chief of the Capitol

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Pelosi asks military leaders to prevent Trump from starting a nuclear war in his final days

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Amid unprecedented turmoil among the nation’s political leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday asked the Joint Chiefs chairman to keep an “unstable” President Donald Trump from launching America into surprise military hostilities in his final days in office.

“The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats.

She specifically referenced America’s nuclear arsenal, and added that “if the president does not leave office imminently and willingly,

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The nuclear fears Pelosi has about Trump cost an Air Force major his job during Nixon’s Watergate depression

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“I assumed there had to be some sort of checks and balances so that one man couldn’t just on a whim order the launch of nuclear weapons,” Hering, then 81, told Radiolab in a remarkable interview in 2017.

It was a question that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wondered about in the wake of President Trump inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol this week. Pelosi said Friday that she consulted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, about keeping an “unstable president” from accessing nuclear codes. She repeated those fears Sunday night on “60 Minutes.”

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday took the unprecedented step of asking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about “available precautions” to prevent President Trump from initiating military action abroad or using his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons in the last days of his term.

In a phone call to the chairman, Gen. Mark A. Milley, Ms. Pelosi appeared to be seeking to have the Pentagon leadership essentially remove Mr. Trump from his authorities as the commander in chief. That could be accomplished by ignoring the president’s orders or slowing them by questioning whether they were

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