Donald Trump concluded his final speech as president by telling supporters ‘We will be back,’ before exiting the stage to the Village People classic YMCA. Speaking at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday, the outgoing President of the United States said: ‘Goodbye, we love you, we will be back in some form.’
Trump added: ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon.’ YMCA then began to play as he prepared to board Air Force One with wife Melania, his children, in-laws and grandchildren. The 70s disco classic became Trump’s theme tune during his 2020 election campaign – although he did not perform his trademark side-shuffle dance as it began to play on Wednesday.
Trump gave a rambling 10 minute speech to a crowd of supporters, who could be hearing saying ‘We want Trump,’ before shouting ‘We love you,’ after the president and first lady appeared.
The president took credit for Covid vaccines, which he branded a ‘medical miracle’. He also highlighted his administration’s economic achievements, and blasted coronavirus – which Trump called ‘the China virus’ – for shattering the US economy.
Trump remains as president until midday EST on Wednesday, when Joe Biden is officially inaugurated as his successor.
He is the first president since 1869 not to attend the swearing-in of his successor, having made baseless claims that Biden won the November presidential election as a result of fraud.
Trump is rumored to be mulling a second run for president in 2024, although he faces an upcoming impeachment trial that could bar him from doing so. The president is accused of inciting the deadly January 6 US Capitol riots that killed five.
If convicted by the US Senate, he will be banned from running for office again, and will also lose his Secret Service protection, as well as a taxpayer-funded travel allowance.
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