US President Donald Trump greets supporters as Marine One touches down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before leaving for Florida, skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Before addressing the crowd, cannons fire a salute.
“This has been an incredible four years. We’ve accomplished so much together,” Trump says, beginning an unscripted address in which he does not mention President-elect Biden by name.
After praising his family, Trump touts his time in office, highlighting increased military spending, tax cuts and deregulations, among other policy measures, and the “medical miracle” of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed in nine months.
“You’re going to see incredible numbers start coming in,” he says, referring to an expected surge in economic growth when the pandemic abates. “Remember us when you see these things.”
Summing up his time in office, he says, “we’ve left it all on the field.”
“You are amazing people, this is a great, great country,” he says, noting it has been “an honor and privilege to have been your president.”
He adds: “I will always fight for you. I will be watching. I will be listening.”
“The future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and great success. I think they’ll have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”
“Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form,” he says.
Trump goes on to thank Vice President Pence, who is not present, and Congress.
“Have a good life. We will see you soon,” he concludes, ending his remarks as “YMCA” blares in the background.