US President Donald Trump released his farewell speech Tuesday on YouTube, addressing the and other topics. Trump’s presidency is set to come to an end on Wednesday, when as the 46th president of the United States. Trump will not attend the inauguration.
“When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic, we produced not one butwith record-breaking speed, and more will quickly follow,” he said in the video. “We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all.”
Trump did not make reference to the staggeringly high number of people who have died because of COVID-19 — with numbers sitting at 400,292 deaths in the US as of Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT, according to John Hopkins University — instead referring to the coronavirus’ “brutal toll on the world’s economy.” The last week.
He also referenced censorship, but didn’t directly mentionearlier this month following the . He called free speech and open debate “core values” and referred to “political censorship and blacklisting.”
In addition, he discussed the creation of theas a new branch of the armed forces.
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