In his Farewell Address on the eve of leaving office, Trump said it had been his greatest honor to serve the American people, and he called on Americans to rise above partisan animosity, defend common values and reject political violence. He was proud to be “the first American president in decades not to start a new war. He also wished the next administration good luck in keeping America safe and prosperous, without naming names.
A farewell video of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, was released on the White House website. Trump spoke about running for the presidency as a political scientist to make America great again and to defend America’s shared values.
In his farewell address, Trump, without naming names, wished the new administration good luck in keeping America safe and prosperous. He said the word good luck is very important.
He began by thanking the American people, saying it has been a great honor to serve them as president.
Never forget, he said, that while there will always be differences among Americans, we are a nation of incredible, decent, loyal, peace-loving citizens who all want the country to prosper and be very, very successful and wonderful.
Trump criticized the Jan. 6 storming of Congress, saying all Americans were saddened by the attack on the Capitol. He said political violence is an attack on everything Americans hold dear. It must not be tolerated. He called on the American people to rise above partisan animosity and unite around shared values to forge a common Destiny.
He said he came to Washington four years ago as the political vegetarian with the least chance of winning a presidential election. And as a builder, he has an open mind and a boundless imagination. He says he ran for president because he knew there were many new, huge mountains waiting for him to reach. He himself knows that the country’s potential is limitless as long as he puts America first.
Stating his administration’s accomplishments, Trump said we passed the largest tax cut and reform package in U.S. history, eliminated more job-killing regulations than any previous administration, fixed broken trade agreements, pulled out of the dreaded Trans-Pacific Partnership and the unworkable Paris climate agreement, renegotiated the unilateral Korea agreement, and replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the revolutionary and well-functioning U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. And, very importantly, we imposed historic, huge tariffs on China; concluded an important new agreement with China.
However, before the ink was dry, the China virus struck us and the world. Previously we had a fast-growing trade relationship with billions and billions of dollars pouring into the United States, but the virus forced us to change course. Then Trump talked about his administration’s accomplishments in jobs, energy, health care, vaccines, controlling illegal immigration, and more.
Turning to international affairs, Trump said we regained our national sovereignty by defending America at the United Nations and withdrawing from unilateral global agreements that never served our interests.
He said NATO countries are paying hundreds of billions of dollars more for defense today than they did when he first took office a few years ago. Before, he said, it was very unfair that the United States was paying for the world. And today, the world is helping us. Perhaps most importantly, we’ve spent nearly $3 trillion to completely rebuild a completely U.S.-built military with the creation of the Space Force.
The Middle East
Of the Middle East, he said we destroyed the ISIS caliphate, ended the tragic Life of its founder and leader al-Baghdadi, killed the world’s greatest terrorist, the Iranian butcher Qassem Soleimani, recognized Israel’s capital as Jerusalem, acknowledged Israel’s ownership of the Golan Heights, brokered a series of historic Middle East peace agreements, and allowed American soldiers to return Home.
Trump emphasized that “to his particular pride, he is the first American president in decades not to start a new war.”
He also praised himself for leaving the next administration with a 450-mile migrant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and historic U.S. agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
America’s greatest danger
Trump also said he left the White House thinking about the dangers that threaten the priceless heritage shared by the American people. As the world’s most powerful nation, the United States faces constant threats and challenges from abroad. But the greatest danger to America is losing faith in itself and in the greatness of its own country.
Any nation that loses faith in its values, its history and its heroes, he said, cannot thrive for long, because these are the very sources of our unity and vitality.
He also emphasized that at the heart of America’s shared heritage is also a strong belief in free expression, free speech and open debate. He said it is only when we forget who we are and how we got here that we can allow political censorship and blacklisting to happen in America. It’s unthinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions. …