The Pentagon has rejected a request by President Donald Trump for a military-style parade to accompany him when he leaves the White House in the morning of January 20th.
Trump, who still hasn’t conceded that he lost the election and won’t be at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, apparently wants his departure to involve “a military-style sendoff and a crowd of supporters” at either the White House, the Joint Base Andrews or his final destination, the Palm Beach International Airport, according to military news outlet Defense One.
However, as reported by CNN, the Pentagon has said it isn’t going to happen. At this time, over 20,000 National Guard troops are on patrol in Washington D.C. and the FBI is tracking threats of violence for Trump supporters and other right-wingers who believe the president’s repeatedly disproven claims that Biden stole the election through an unprecedented nationwide conspiracy of voter fraud.
The surge in security came after the insurrection Trump encouraged his followers to commit on January 6 when they stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving 6 people dead.
Trump is reportedly spending his final days at the White House increasingly isolated, lashing out at the few aides who remain, and weighing whether or not to issue pre-emptive pardons for himself and his family members who are all likely to face civil and criminal charges for shady financial self-dealings soon after they leave the White House, according to The New York Times.
CNN also reported that Trump is angry at Republicans who he feels didn’t support him, and his approval rating has dropped to 29 percent, the lowest point of his presidency.