Mrs. Trump in her farewell speech at the White house has said violence is never the answer and that it had been “the greatest honour of her life to serve as first lady of the United States” and paid tribute to the military, law enforcement workers and those on the frontline of the pandemic.
She also urged Americans to follow her “Be Best” initiative – a signature issue during her four years as first lady.
She added: “As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic I thank all of the nurses, doctors, health care workers, manufacturing workers, truck drivers and so many others who are working to save lives.”
Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.
“I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now available,” Mrs. Trump added.
It was observed that there was no mention of the incoming Biden administration in the message and Mrs Trump has reportedly not invited future first lady Jill Biden for a walk through of the private living quarters, what has become a tradition in transitions of power.
Her husband has already announced he will not attend the inauguration on Wednesday. He is the first outgoing president to skip the ceremony in 152 years and says he will depart for Florida hours before Joe Biden’s swearing-in.