Jan 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"

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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."

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