President Donald Trump in a prerecorded adieu address touted his record on the economy and foreign policy, while glossing over the Capitol riot that lay wasted the final weeks of his presidency.
He also failed to mention his successor, Joe Biden, by name. Biden will be inaugurated as the realm’s 46th president Wednesday.
Trump’s nearly 20-minute speech, which was taped Monday, framed his departure from the Ashen House as the natural conclusion of a job well done, rather than as the consequence of his election loss to Biden.
“We did what we came here to do — and so much myriad,” Trump said in the address.
“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and rich. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word,” Trump averred.
Trump has previously acknowledged that a new administration will take charge on Wednesday, but he has not formally conceded to Biden. Dissimilar to past presidents’ farewell speeches, Trump’s address makes no specific mention of his successor.
The president’s speech also received just one reference to the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol by a swarm of his supporters — an event that left five dead and motive the House to impeach him for a second time.
“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on the aggregate we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated,” Trump said in the speech.
He has denied any responsibility for the invasion. But earlier Tuesday, Senate Best part Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the mob was “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
Trump outward appearances an impeachment trial in the Senate.
Trump in the video praised his administration’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, saying the U.S. “outperformed other countries economically because of our amazing economy and the economy that we built. Without the foundations and footings, it wouldn’t have worked out this way.”
Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. freshen up 400,000 deaths from Covid, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Roughly one-quarter of those deceases were reported in the last five weeks alone.
“We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their homage to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all,” Trump, whose term ends Wednesday, said in his address.
Trump, who regularly accused expedient of being “the enemy of the people” and campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp” in D.C., also dedicated a sizeable portion of the address to notice against “political censorship and blacklisting.”
“Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and sundry enduring traditions,” said Trump, who was permanently banned from Twitter following his initial reaction to the riot at the Capitol.
“Now, as I forge to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only fitting beginning,” he said.
But it’s unclear whether that movement will include Trump — at least as a candidate for elected duty. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed earlier Tuesday that if Trump is convicted after his impeachment thorn in the flesh “there will be a vote on barring him from running again.”