On his last full day in power, US President Donald Trump hails the “ achievements ” of his “ America First ” platform.
US President Donald Trump released a farewell video, touting what he described as the success of his ‘America First’ platform and telling his supporters that ‘the movement we have started is just beginning’ .
Trump, who will step down on Wednesday but will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, admitted in the nearly 20-minute video that a new administration would be sworn in this week.
“We send our best wishes,” he said. “And we also want them to be lucky. A very important word. “
“Now, as we prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we have launched is just beginning,” he said.
Trump, who maintained his false claims that the November presidential election was “stolen” from him amid widespread electoral fraud, described himself on Tuesday as “the only real foreigner to ever win the presidency.”
He only admitted that he would not serve a second term for president on Jan.7, a day after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to certify Biden’s victory. The incident left five people dead.
Trump still has not explicitly acknowledged that he lost to Biden.
In the video released Tuesday, Trump condemned the violence on Capitol Hill, saying “all Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol.”
“Political violence is an attack on everything we hold dear as Americans. It can never be tolerated.
Trump has been accused of pushing his supporters at a rally shortly before the Capitol breach. In a video message amid the chaos, Trump told his supporters to go home, while saying “We love you” and again repeating his baseless claim that the election was “stolen.”
Last week, the United States House of Representatives voted to remove Trump for “incitement to insurgency” in connection with the riot.
Shortly before the release of Trump’s farewell message, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the rioters were “fed on lies” and “provoked by the president and other powerful people”.
Trump will face a Senate trial over the impeachment article, which will require a two-thirds majority for the conviction in the chamber, which is split 50 to 50 between Democrats and Republicans.
A guilty vote could also lead to Trump to be prevented from occupying a future federal office. As a single-term president, Trump is currently eligible to run again in 2024 and is expected to be an influential force leading in this race.
On Tuesday, Trump also thanked his family, his cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence, whom he had specifically pressured in his attempts to overturn the election results.
Trump’s speech served as a bookend for his inaugural address in 2017, where he laid out his vision for leadership based on the concept of “America First.”
“Four years ago… we embarked on a mission to make America great again for all Americans,” he said. “As I complete my term as the 45th President of the United States. I stand in front of you really proud of what we have accomplished together.
Trump also praised the US economy for the pre-coronavirus pandemic and the rate of development of a COVID-19 vaccine as part of his administration’s Operation Warp Speed, as well as his crackdown on undocumented immigrants. and the normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab States.
Trump is the first president in more than 150 years not to attend the inauguration of his successor.
He is set to have a departure event at Joint Base Andrews before flying to Florida on Wednesday.