TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The live prime-time farewell address is another presidential tradition gone by the wayside in the norm-busting Trump era. Ever since Harry Truman beamed into Americans’ relatively new television sets from the Oval Office on January 15, 1953, the evening farewell address has been a fixture of a departing commander-in-chief’s final days.
Even Richard Nixon, the only president ever to resign, delivered a live address announcing his decision from behind the desk in the Oval Office, its iconic windows covered with blue drapes…
But Trump has mostly dismissed the traditions that go along with leaving office. He has not contacted Biden and will be the first president in 150 years to boycott his successor’s inauguration.”
-Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins, and Jeff Zeleny, “Bitter, Trump skips chance to say splashy, high-profile farewell,” cnn.com, Jan. 19, 2021