President Donald Trump delivered his farewell address on Tuesday, urging Americans to carry on the principles he fought for during his presidency.
“I did not seek the easiest course. By far, it was actually the most difficult,” Trump said as he reflected on his presidency.
The president spoke for nearly 20 minutes in a pre-recorded video released on YouTube Tuesday afternoon prior to his departure from the White House on Wednesday morning.
“I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism,” he continued. “I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do.”
Trump spoke about the nature of his presidency, describing himself as the first “true outsider” to get elected that believed that the United States government should work for its citizens first.
“I fought for you. I fought for your family. I fought for your country,” he said.
The president did not use President-elect Joe Biden’s name in his statement, referring to him only as part of an incoming “new administration.”
He said he would pray for the administration’s success to keep America “safe and prosperous.”
BREAKING: Pres. Trump delivers his farewell address:
“We built the greatest political movement in the history of our country … This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”pic.twitter.com/4616wgNzWx
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“And we also want them to have luck, a very important word,” he continued.
The president condemned the riots on Capitol Hill after he urged supporters to protest the 2020 presidential election.