President Donald J. Trump, holding hands with FLOTUS Melania Trump, gave his final goodbyes to loyal staff members, security, and supporters shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
This was his final walk as commander in chief, as he prepared to board Marine One to head to Joint Base Andrews for a farewell speech hours before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
Trump was greeted at Joint Base Andrews by cannons firing and the military band playing.
“We’ve accomplished so much together,” Trump said to the small crowd, as his family looked on. “People have no idea how hard this family worked — and they worked for you. They could’ve had a much easier life.”
He continued, “What we have done has been amazing by any standard.” Trump referred to the pandemic as if it was in the past, saying, “As bad as the pandemic was… we did something that is really considered a medical miracle. They’re calling it a miracle, and that was the vaccine. We got the vaccine developed in nine months.”
The outgoing president said, “I will always fight for you. I will be watching, I will be listening and I will tell you the future of the country has never been better.” And concluding by stating that he wished the “new administration great luck and great success.”
Trump said of the new administration, “They have the foundation to do something really spectacular. And again, we put it in a position like it has never been before.”
Trump also thanked Congress, adding, “At least certain elements in Congress.”
He ended his remarks saying, “We will be back in some form. Have a good life — we will see you soon.”
When invited to take the microphone, Melania Trump said, “Being your first lady was my greatest honor. Thank you for your love and your support.”
rump did not attend the inauguration of the incoming administration. He actually touched down in Mar-a-Lago as the festivities started, reports said.
Based on his statements both to reporters prior to leaving the White House, and again during his farewell speech, one thing is clear: President Trump has not given up on the American people.