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Donald Trump’s farewell: ‘We did what we came to do’, urges prayers for next administration

“We extend our best wishes,” he said. “And we also want them to have luck. A very important word.

Donald Trump's farewell: We did what we came to do, urges prayers for next administration-dnm
Washington D.C., First Published Jan 20, 2021, 10:54 AM IST
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Washington DC: US President Donald Trump has made his farewell address before leaving office, saying: "We did what we came to do - and so much more."

In a video posted on YouTube, he said he took on "the tough battles, the hardest fights... because that's what you elected me to do".

Trump, who will leave office on Wednesday but will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, acknowledged in the nearly 20-minute video that a new administration would be sworn in this week.

“We extend our best wishes,” he said. “And we also want them to have luck. A very important word.

Trump has refused to offer a full concession to Democrat Biden, who won the November 3 election with 306 Electoral College votes to Trump's 232. Biden will be inaugurated at 12:00pm EST (1700 GMT) on Wednesday and Trump is not meeting with Biden beforehand or attending the swearing in as is customary in the handover of power to the White House. Trump instead plans to fly to Florida.

Meanwhile, Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump shared a farewell message today saying Americans must pray for the Joe Biden administration's success as the family vacates the White House.

In a statement shared on Twitter, she wished luck to Joe Biden and his number 2 Kamala Harris and their spouses and staff by saying, "May God give wisdom, courage and strength" to them.

"As Americans we must all pray for their success," Ivanka Trump said.

Ivanka Trump, 39, also called it "an honour of a lifetime" to serve the country as Donald Trump's advisor.

"I came to Washington to fight for American families and I leave feeling I've done that," the short statement read.

(With inputs from agencies)  

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