News broke early Tuesday afternoon that President Trump was going to release his farewell address at 4 pm. In what looked like a per-recorded speech, the President spoke for a little over 20 minutes.
President Trump opened his speech with thanking his family, staff, and Secret Service.
He then highlighted the focus of the last four years and the amazing things accomplished. He emphasized the fact that “…We have re-asserted the sacred idea that the government answers to the people.”
He warned that the greatest danger we face as a nation is a loss of confidence in ourselves. “We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people. No nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes.”
He recalled, as a memory that stood out above all others, the long lines of Americans filling the streets and waving “our great American flag” as he rode around the nation in his motorcade. “It never failed to deeply move me,” he said. “I knew that they did not just come out to show their support of me, they came out to show me their support and love of country.”
President Trump never said he was conceding. He never named the new administration. His voice was full of strength and hope as he said,
“Now as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, the movement we started is only just beginning. There has never been anything like it. The notion that a nation must serve it’s citizens will not dwindle but instead only grow stronger by the day. As long as the American people hold hope in their hearts and deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing this nation cannot achieve…our future will be brighter than ever before.
“I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart, an optimistic spirit and a supreme confidence that for our country, and our children, the best is yet to come!”