President Donald Trump Touts Achievements, Thanks Everyday Americans For ‘Honor Beyond Description’ In Farewell Speech — Says ‘The Movement We Started Is Only Just Beginning’
President Donald Trump delivered what would be his farewell address to the nation on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration where he touted some of the greatest achievements of his administration on the economy, employment, tax cuts, trade & peace deals, the absence of war during his administration, and most-recently, the record-speed in the development of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Republican President said in a prerecorded video released Tuesday that being the 45th US President has been an “honor beyond description” as he assured his millions of supporters that despite leaving the White House, “the movement” he started along with everyday Americans will continue.
“To serve as your president has been an honor beyond description,” President Trump said in the almost 20-minute video shared by the White House. “Thank you for this extraordinary privilege.”
“We did what we came here to do and so much more,” he added. “Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people.”
Trump calls on Americans to “rise above the partisan rancor”
In the video, the 45th US President also condemned political violence, calling on Americans to “rise above the partisan rancor” as he went on to list the many achievements of his administration.
“They called it a medical miracle,” the President said of the speed the vaccine was developed under his ‘Operation Warp Speed’.“Another administration would’ve taken three, four, five, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did it in nine months.”
He also drummed up his praise of the country’s economic performance prior to the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic — where the country witnessed stellar stock market performance and historic job numbers across multiple measures.
President Trump also said his administration “is proud to leave the new administration” with the “the strongest and most robust” border security measures “ever put in place” as part of his efforts to pursue his America First Policy.
Other accomplishments of the Trump administration include the establishment of the Space Force, the killings of top terrorists Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the multiple peace deals under the “Abraham Accords” that he helped brokered in the Middle East and the withdrawals of American troops from countries around the world.
“I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars,” President Trump said.
The US also became energy independent under President Trump for the first time since 1957.
Trump says “movement we started is only just the beginning”
“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,” the Republican President said.
In his four years as President, the Washington-outsider Trump, said he pursued “anti-establishment” efforts that would benefit everyday Americans — “because that’s what you elected me to do.”
He also went on to praise “the greatest economy in the history of the world,” and his effort to “rally the global community to stand up to China like never before.”
Trump slams censorship, praises American liberty
Meanwhile, after experiencing censorship from Big tech firms the past few weeks, President Trump condemned such actions and the notion of “groupthink” as he praised America’s liberty.
“Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions,” President Trump said. “In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that.”
He noted that “no nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes, for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.”
“America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree,” he said. “That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.”
The Republican President went on to assure his supporters that as his term draws to an end, his movement will continue.
“The movement that we started is only just beginning,” President Trump reiterated. “There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle.”
Democrat Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on 12:00 pm ET on Wednesday. President Trump, who chose to skip Biden’s inauguration, is expected to depart the White House early that day and participate in a reported farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at 8:00 am ET before boarding the Air Force One for his home in Florida for his final flight as US President.