In his final act as president before boarding Air Force One for the last time, Donald Trump paused to deliver a brief speech to supporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland this week.
As part of his farewell address on Wednesday, Trump hinted that the “Make America Great Again” promise on which he campaigned in 2016 is far from over, however, as the Washington Examiner reported. Against a backdrop of American flags whipping in the cold breeze, Trump spent about 10 minutes addressing a few hundred aides and allies gathered to give him a celebratory sendoff.
“I told you so”
While his remarks were significantly briefer and less raucous than one of his typical rallies, the outgoing president nevertheless appeared to be in good spirits as he expressed gratitude to his families, supporters, and others in the crowd. He also used the opportunity to tout several of his administration’s most notable accomplishments.
Among the highlighted aspects of the past four years was a reinvestment in the military, including the creation of the Space Force and enacting much-needed reforms within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump also noted his administration’s substantial record of deregulation and tax cuts, quipping: “I hope they don’t raise your taxes. But if they do, I told you so.”
Heralding a strong economy bolstered by his agenda — and in spite of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic — over the course of his first term, he told the audience that the U.S. could continue its boom if “everything is sort of left alone” by his successor, President Joe Biden.
“Be careful,” Trump advised. “Very complex, be careful.”
If such a promising future does indeed come to fruition, he urged Americans to “remember us when you see these things happening.”
“I will be watching”
Despite the harsh criticism he has received from rivals since his own inauguration, Trump called serving as president the “greatest honor and privilege” in his life and promised that he “will always fight” for those who helped his administration reach its goals.
“I will be watching, I will be listening,” he said. “And I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and great success.”
According to Trump, his final address as president was “just a goodbye” but not the end of his service to the nation.
“We love you,” he concluded. “We will be back in some form. So, have a good life. We will see you soon. Thank you. Thank you very much.”
While he was unclear regarding the nature of a potential political comeback, recent reports indicate Trump has discussed the formation of a third party — and web searches related to the rumors have skyrocketed this week, Forbes notes.