Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"
President Trump gave a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do — and so much more."
Why it matters, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has refused to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration.
What he's saying: In prepared remarks released by the White House, Trump touted his administration's Middle East peace deals and its rallying of nations to "stand up to China like never before."
- He also condemned the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters, but added, "As I prepare to hand power over to a new administration ... I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning."
- "I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars," Trump says.
The big picture: The president has remained largely out of the spotlight in recent days amid the ban from his preferred platform Twitter, a second impeachment and looming Senate trial.
- The president is still expected to issue a flurry of last-minute pardons and commutations before he exits the office.
- The get-out-of-jail-free cards are expected to be granted to a mix of Trump's allies and those affected by criminal justice misgivings.
What to watch: Trump is not set to attend President-elect Biden's inauguration on Wednesday but will instead end his term with a "military-style send-off."