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Final farewell: Trump releases last video address as president

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WASHINGTON (WFLA/AP) – President Donald Trump Tuesday released his final video address to the nation.

The pre-recorded video was released via the White House.

In his farewell address, Trump says he will pray for the success of the next administration.

“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said.

He will say that “all Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol” and that “political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans” and “can never be tolerated.”

Trump also praised what he sees as his top achievements in office, including efforts to normalize relations in the Middle East.

“We did what we came here to do — and so much more,” he said.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a thank you message on Tuesday as well.

On Monday, first lady Melania Trump delivered her farewell address.

“The past four years have been unforgettable. As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination,” she said.

President Trump’s term ends at 11:59 a.m. EST on Wednesday. He’s expected to leave The White House on Wednesday morning.

Vice President Mike Pence is among those who will not be attending President Donald Trump’s sendoff event at Joint Base Andrews.

A person familiar with Pence’s schedule cited “logistical challenges” in getting from the air base to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremonies on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss scheduling decisions.

Trump will be only the fourth president in the nation’s history not to attend his successor’s inauguration. He is boycotting the event and will be flying to Florida on Wednesday morning.

Aides have been organizing an elaborate sendoff, but it is unclear how many invitees plan to attend. Among them is Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director who became a Trump critic. He quipped on Twitter that he couldn’t make it because he was “having my fingernails pulled out at that time.”

Now, in his final hours in office, after a year of presidential denials of reality and responsibility, the pandemic’s U.S. death toll has eclipsed 400,000. 

The 400,000-death toll, reported Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of New Orleans, Cleveland or Tampa, Florida. It’s nearly equal to the number of American lives lost annually to strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia combined.

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