For the first time since the election results, Donald Trump on Tuesday ‘prayed’ for success and extended best wishes to his successor and the 46th US President Joe Biden, who is set to be sworn in today.
In the pre-recorded video speech that lasted a little less than 20 minutes, Trump thanked Americans for the ‘great honour’ and privilege he received as the President.
Addressing the nation in a farewell video message released by the White House, Trump said that now more than ever, Americans “must unify around our shared values and rise above partisan rancor to forge our common destiny.”
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“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes and we also want them to have luck — a very important word.”
“As the world’s most powerful nation, America faces constant threats and challenges from abroad. But the greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness. A nation is only as strong as its spirit. We are only as dynamic as our pride. We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people,” he said.
Trump lauded his accomplishment on passing tax cuts, implementing a deregulation agenda, building a wall at the U.S. southern border, and inking the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Also took credit for the production of two successful coronavirus vaccines, saying they were delivered in “record-breaking time” and calling them a “medical miracle.”
‘We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all,” Trump said.
The farewell address marked a rare acknowledgment from he, However, indicate he might be out of the White House, he will continue to have an active public life.
Notably, Trump, depart Washington for his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday morning following a military send-off at Joint Base Andrews.
Video from his farewell speech;