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Trump Proclaims Defence Achievements In Farewell Speech

The outgoing US President said he had "rebuilt" the US military, and claimed to have had unprecedented approval from veteran voters.

Donald Trump has flown from Washington DC after receiving a military send-off.

The US President earlier left the White House, before arriving at Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland where the US Army performed a 21-gun salute.

Upon his departure from the White House on Marine One earlier, he said: "It’s been a great honour, the honour of a lifetime.

"The greatest people in the world, the greatest home in the world."

Later, during the ceremony at the Maryland military base, Mr Trump gave a speech where he claimed: "What we've done has been amazing by any standard."

He then added: "We rebuilt the United States military, we created a new force, called Space Force – that, in itself, would be a major achievement for a regular administration – we were not a regular administration."

Mr Trump then said "we took care of the vets", claiming he had "an approval rating like has never been before" from former service personnel.

In the final weeks of his presidency, the number of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq was reduced to 2,500 in each country.

After ending his speech stating "we will be back in some form", the President and the First Lady left on Air Force One, believed to be flying to Florida, just hours before Joe Biden takes the oath of office as the 46th president.

It is the first time in more than a century that a sitting president has rejected the tradition of attending his successor’s inauguration.

Cover image: The Trumps at Joint Base Andrews where the President received a military send-off (Picture: PA).