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Trump Gives Farewell Speech: ‘The Movement We Started Is Only Just Beginning’
President Donald Trump released his farewell speech on Tuesday afternoon, saying he will pray for the success of the forthcoming administration.
“We are—and must always be—a land of hope, of light, and of glory to all the world. This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said. “We did what we came here to do—and so much more. Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people.”
“We restored the idea that in America, no one is forgotten—because everyone matters and everyone has a voice. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices—because that’s what you elected me to do. Our agenda was not about right or left, it wasn’t about Republican or Democrat, but about the good of a nation, and that means the whole nation.”
Trump added that on Wednesday, the United States will “inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”
The commander-in-chief also trumpeted what he saw as his top achievements in office, including efforts to normalize relations in the Middle East as well as his administration’s efforts to take on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He also touted the fact that he started no new wars—noting he was the first president to do so in decades.
“We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before,” he said. “As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. It is the dawn of a new Middle East and we are bringing our soldiers home. I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars.”
Offering his remarks about the breaching of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for the first time in weeks, Trump disavowed the violence on Jan. 6 during the Joint Session of Congress.
Trump also thanked First Lady Melania Trump, family members, various staffers, and the U.S. Secret Service.
The president also struck an optimistic tone, saying he built a potent political movement.
“Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” Trump said.
White House officials said on Tuesday that the speech was recorded on Monday.
Trump, meanwhile, will reportedly skip the ceremonial swearing-in of Biden on Wednesday and will depart the White House on Wednesday morning. Before his account was suspended by Twitter earlier in January, Trump said he would not attend the event.
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I wish I could say that I have words of wisdom for my readers. The only wisdom you will hear comes from what I know of God’s heart, and the truth of what I have researched over the past many years.
I say humbly that I still do not understand why God chose me for this mission. I will tell you truthfully that I thought I knew … maybe. But when I think about it, that could be why He has put me in this position.
All I can say at this moment in time — eternal time — is that I will get back to you about that. I have some assumptions, but as I told Clint Eastwood when he accepted my friend request on Twitter, “I can be impetuous at times.” He assured me that he understood.
As Ricky Ricardo used to say on “I Love Lucy,” I have some thinnin’ to do. (Translation: I have some thinking to do.) I’m afraid that what I feel I must say next could take many of you by surprise. Or maybe not.
Please offer me some grace, and I’ll get back to you asap.
With love and sincerity,