Melania Trump released her official farewell speech last night ahead of the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden tomorrow, Jan. 20.
Standing at the podium in the White House, Melania took to social media on Sunday in a textured double-breasted black and white coat dress to address the public for what may be her final time as the first lady.
“My fellow Americans, it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States,” started Melania in her 7-minute long speech. The speech touched on everything from the impact of the pandemic to law enforcement and military service to her Be Best campaign, the leading policy initiatives of her term as the first lady that focuses on a series of major issues facing children in modern times.
As President Donald Trump’s term as president comes to a close, the nation is still fumbling with the controversies that overtook the news cycle surrounding his office thus far in 2021. Last week, the House of Representatives started its impeachment trials for President Trump following the violent riots led by his supporters that took place at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6. The articles of impeachment were introduced by House Democrats under the charge of “incitement of insurrection.” As the House officially voted to impeach President Trump last Wednesday, the decision now moves to the Senate, who must confirm the charges with a two-thirds vote.
The hearings last week are part of the second impeachment trials held against President Trump — the first took place from December 2019 to February 2020. The initial case ended in a Senate acquittal of the president on both impeachment articles.
In addition, President Trump also announced that he and Melania will not be in attendance at tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden, making him the first president in modern times to skip his successor’s swearing-in. The president instead, according to a report from NPR, plans to hold his own departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews before jetting off to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he will reside for the time being.