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  • In recorded remarks Trump highlights features of his presidency wherein he took pleasure
  • Trump says free speech was being muzzled by Twitter
  • US President means that his motion would go on regardless of his defeat

WASHINGTON: In his final handle because the president, Donald Trump wished the incoming Joe Biden administration luck however averted saying the identify of the person who defeated him within the November elections. 

Trump has refused to supply a full concession to Democrat Biden, who received the November 3 election with 306 Electoral Faculty votes to Trump’s 232. Biden can be inaugurated at 12:00 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Wednesday and Trump isn’t assembly with Biden beforehand or attending the swearing in as is customary within the handover of energy to the White Home. Trump as an alternative plans to fly to Florida.

“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” the Republican president mentioned in recorded remarks. “We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word.”

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Trump campaigned on a pledge to “Make America Great Again” however leaves workplace with greater than 400,000 individuals lifeless of the novel coronavirus — essentially the most on the earth — whose threat he performed down, an economic system struggling from the pandemic, and relationships strained with key US allies.

“The greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness,” Trump mentioned.

For months Trump mentioned with out proof that the election was rigged towards him and utilized strain on state officers to overturn the outcomes. At a rally close to the White Home on January 6 he inspired followers to march on Congress whereas lawmakers have been certifying Biden’s win.

Trump has been holed up on the White Home for the ultimate weeks of his time period, reeling after the riot by his supporters on the Capitol that led to 5 deaths, together with a Capitol Police officer.

The stampede, which adopted a rally wherein Trump repeated false allegations of election fraud and urged his supporters to combat, has overshadowed any efforts to emphasise the president’s legacy in his ultimate days in workplace.

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The Home of Representatives impeached Trump on a cost of incitement, making him the primary president in US historical past to be impeached twice. He must face the costs after leaving workplace.

In Tuesday’s farewell, with out particularly mentioning Twitter’s determination to droop his @realDonaldTrump account, Trump made reference to his grievance that free speech had been muzzled by the corporate. Twitter mentioned it suspended the account due to the danger of the incitement of additional violence.

“Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions,” Trump mentioned. “America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree.”

Within the recorded remarks Trump sought to spotlight features of his presidency wherein he took pleasure.

“We did what we came here to do, and so much more,” he mentioned. “I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices — because that’s what you elected me to do.”

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Trump famous Center East peace offers his administration brokered and lauded his international coverage agenda.

“We revitalised our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before,” he mentioned. “I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars.”

Trump, who leaves amid deep divisions within the nation, acknowledged the Capitol riots, which within the rapid aftermath of the violence he was gradual to sentence.

“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated,” he mentioned.

And the president, who former advisers predict has misplaced a lot of a political future after the riots, urged his motion would go on.

“Now, 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,” Trump mentioned.

“I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart and optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come.” 

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