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Outgoing US President, Donald Trump on Wednesday delivered his farewell speech to the American public, condemning U.S. Capitol rioters and claiming credit for not starting a new war despite the hostilities his administration faced.
He also hinted he is not quitting the political space quickly.
‘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.‘
In his usual character, Trump praised himself for taking on the big issues, on behalf of America.
‘I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices – because that’s what you elected me to do,‘ Trump said during his speech.
‘As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. It is the dawn of a new Middle East and we are bringing our soldiers home … I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars,‘ Trump added.
Trump condemned, once again, the January 6 Capitol breach.
‘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,‘ Trump said.
Again, he did not acknowledge his role as the instigator of the riot.
Opinion polls showed that a large majority of Americans disapproved of the storming of the Capitol and of Trump’s actions leading up to and following it, although some Republicans supported the attack or did not blame Trump for it. The FBI has opened more than 170 investigations into the events and indicated that many more are likely to come. A week after the riot, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection‘, making him the only U.S. president to have been impeached twice.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK