Trump issues farewell speech celebrating legacy
WASHINGTON – President Trump on Tuesday afternoon released a 19-minute farewell message to the nation via video celebrating his administration’s accomplishments and vowing that the populist movement he launched is “just beginning.”
The taped remarks, made on Trump’s last full day as president before Joe Biden’s inauguration at noon on Wednesday, celebrate American achievement and strength.
They also wish Biden good luck.
“My fellow Americans, four years ago we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, renew its spirit and restore this government’s allegiance to its citizens. In short, we have embarked on a mission to make America great again for all Americans, ”Trump began.
“As I complete my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have accomplished together,” he continued, thanking his supporters for electing him in 2016. , describing it as “an honor beyond description.”
The Commander-in-Chief highlighted some of his greatest achievements, including the peace accords of the Abrahamic Agreements in the Middle East and his economic legacy.
“We restored American strength at home – and American leadership abroad. We have built the largest economy in the history of the world, ”he said.
“We have revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before. “
“I am especially proud to be the first president in decades not to start a new war,” Trump said.
Trump also wished the new Biden administration success and called on Americans to unite around their shared values.
“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray that it will succeed in ensuring America’s security and prosperity. We send our best wishes and we also want them to be lucky, ”he said.
Trump to skip Biden swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday and leave White House at 8 a.m.
The president acknowledged that Biden would replace him as legitimate president and disowned the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, which led to him being impeached for the second time.
“We are a truly magnificent nation. All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we hold dear as Americans. It will never be tolerated, ”he said, calling on Americans to rise above political resentment.
The President thanked his wife and family for their support, and also expressed his gratitude to Vice President Mike Pence.
He appealed to Americans to feel proud of the nation’s standing on the world stage and set a personal tone by saying that he had run for president to give back to a country that had him so much given.
“The greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves – a loss of confidence in our national greatness,” Trump said. “We are – and must always be – a land of hope, light and glory for the whole world.”
Signing the speech, which is set to be his last White House speech as president, the former New York-born real estate developer told supporters his presence will always be felt in the nation’s capital.
“Now, as I prepare to hand over power to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we have launched is only just beginning.”
Her farewell speech followed a similar message from First Lady Melania Trump who urged Americans to choose “love over hate” and “peace over violence.”