It’s been an eventful four years with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the White House and tens of millions of Americans will miss them both dearly.
On her last evening at the White house, the first lady released a seven-minute farewell speech in which she issued a heartfelt thanks to Americans for supporting her and her husband during their time in the White House.
What did she say?
In the recorded video message, the first lady expressed how proud she was of America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, praising those who came together to help their neighbors and total strangers during one of the toughest periods of American history.
“In the midst of this hardship, we have seen the best of America shine through. Students have made cards and delivered groceries to our Senior Citizens. Teachers have worked twice as hard to keep our children learning. Families have come together to provide meals, supplies, comfort and friendship to those in need,” she said.
Trump also touched on her “Be Best” program, which focused on raising awareness of America’s opioid epidemic, online safety and overall well-being of the next generation of Americans.
“In a few short years, I have raised awareness of how to keep children safe online; we have made incredible progress on our nation’s drug epidemic and how it impacts the lives of newborns and families, and we have given a voice to our most vulnerable children in the foster care system,” the first lady added.
The first lady praised America’s law enforcement and other first-responders, and reassured members of the armed forces and their families that they’ll forever be in her heart.
Trump didn’t specifically reference the recent Capitol riot but seemed to acknowledge the violence in a subtle mention.
“Be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified,” the first lady said.
After calling on all Americans to choose peace over violence and love over hatred, Trump concluded by thanking all Americans and stated how proud she was to serve this country as its first lady.
“No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your First Lady. To all the people of this country: You will be in my heart forever. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America,” she said.
You can watch her entire address on the White House website.