US President Donald Trump, in his farewell speech on Tuesday, listed his administration’s accomplishments in politics, economy, health and security.
Naija News reports that President Trump’s tenure would end today, as Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the US.
In his farewell speech from the White House, Trump thanked Americans for their support and cooperation during his four-year tenure as president.
While not mentioning Joe Biden’s name, the US president urged the incoming administration to ensure that America doesn’t lose the respect it now has.
Trump said: “Incomes soared, wages boomed, the American Dream was restored, and millions were lifted from poverty in just a few short years. It was a miracle. The stock market set one record after another, with 148 stock market highs during this short period of time, and boosted the retirements and pensions of hardworking citizens all across our nation. 401(k)s are at a level they’ve never been at before. We’ve never seen numbers like we’ve seen, and that’s before the pandemic and after the pandemic.
“We rebuilt the American manufacturing base, opened up thousands of new factories, and brought back the beautiful phrase: ‘Made in the USA’.
“To make life better for working families, we doubled the child tax credit and signed the largest-ever expansion of funding for childcare and development. We joined with the private sector to secure commitments to train more than 16 million American workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
“When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic, we produced not one, but two vaccines with record-breaking speed, and more will quickly follow. They said it couldn’t be done but we did it. They call it a ‘medical miracle’, and that’s what they’re calling it right now: a ‘medical miracle’. Another administration would have taken three, four, five, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did in nine months.
“We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all.
“When the virus took its brutal toll on the world’s economy, we launched the fastest economic recovery our country has ever seen. We passed nearly $4 trillion in economic relief, saved or supported over 50 million jobs, and slashed the unemployment rate in half. These are numbers that our country has never seen before.”
Trump stated that the key to national greatness lies in sustaining and instilling our shared national identity, stressing that that means focusing on what Americans have in common: “the heritage that we all share”.
“At the centre of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate,” he added.
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