As with the schedule of weeks, U.S. President Trump at the White House on the 19th “will work from early morning to late at night.
He will make a lot of phone calls and hold many meetings. But he did not appear in public.
January 19 is Trump’s last full working day as President of the United States in the White House.
President-elect Biden will be sworn in at noon on the 20th, and Trump is expected to leave the White House early at 8 a.m. on the same day and fly to Florida.
Four years ago, Trump, who had no political record, entered the White House as an “outsider”. Over the past four years, he has repeatedly broken Washington’s political conventions and traditions, and he is no exception when he leaves office.
He has publicly said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration. This will make him the fourth outgoing president in American history to miss the inauguration of his successor, and the first time in more than 150 years.
Shortly after Biden flew to the Andrews United Base adjacent to Washington on the afternoon of the 19th, the White House released a video of about 20 minutes of Trump’s farewell speech.
“Four years ago, we began a mission to make America great again.” Trump concluded in the video, “As we end our 45th presidency, I stand before you and am proud of what we have achieved together.
We finished the things we were going to do when we came here and more. ”
Still did not admit defeat or mention Biden’s name. In his speech, Trump counted his achievements in his presidency and only wished the new administration “good luck”.
Looking back on his term of office, Trump focused on economic policies such as tax cuts implemented by his government, the construction of the border wall and the signing of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
He said, “I am particularly proud that I am the first president of the United States in decades without a new war.”
At his instructions, the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq has been reduced to about 5,000 in early 2021.
As a result of the impact on Congress on January 6, as many as 25,000 National Guard members were sent to Washington to maintain order at the presidential inauguration.
Trump said in the video that he hoped his greatest political legacy would be “to bring the American people back into control of the United States.” We have restored the idea that no one will be forgotten in the United States. Everyone has the right to be respected, to make their own voice, and to have the government listen to its own voice.”
Because of the impact on Congress, Trump was impeached again by the House of Representatives under the clause of “sedition”, becoming the first president in American history to be impeached twice in office. After he leaves office, he will still face the Senate impeachment trial.
Trump said, “All Americans are shocked by the attack on the Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything that Americans cherish. This is absolutely intolerable.
Grant Reich, a professor of political science at Syracuse University in the United States, said that in terms of policy, one of Trump’s most lasting political legacy may be the tax cuts he implemented in 2017. And the impact on Congress may prove to be a turning point, “after that, the country began to stay away from the kind of inflammatory politics Trump believes in”.
The Hill noted that when people look back on Trump’s presidency, the “bone-and-separated” immigration policy in the United States, the white supremacy movement riots, 400,000 deaths due to the coronavirus epidemic, and the violent impact on Congress will be “unmissible facts”.
On the 19th, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States exceeded 400,000, and the number of infected people was nearly 24.3 million.
400 pillar lamps were lit in the reflection pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to mourn these lost lives. Trump’s farewell speech did not mention the number of the epidemic, but called the vaccine produced at record speed a “medical miracle”.
He said, “We are saddened for everyone who has lost their lives. We pledge to mourn them in a way that will eliminate this terrible epidemic forever.”
In addition to releasing farewell videos, Trump also signed a number of executive orders and memorandums on the 19th.
In the last two weeks of his term, the Trump administration has “snarrively” a number of policies in the domestic and foreign fields that make the new administration irreversible for a while.
Marielena Hincapie, who was responsible for coordinating policies and issues within the Democratic Party, said that Biden may adjust or cancel 400 to 1,000 administrative measures left over by Trump during his tenure.
Although Trump did not win a majority of popular votes in both elections, the growing supporters and white-hot election behind him indicate that the tearing of American society will not weaken because of his departure.
“Now, as I prepare to hand over power to a new government at noon on the 20th, I want you to know that the campaign we launched has just begun.
Trump said to his supporters at the end of his speech.
Towards 1:00 a.m. on the 20th, the White House issued a statement announcing the list of 143 people who had been pardoned or commuted by Trump.
These include Bannon, a former chief strategist at the White House.
Like many decisions during his tenure, Trump will still leave Washington with controversy and surprise at the last minute of the White House.