As President Donald Trump left the White House for the final time Wednesday morning, plenty of chatter was sparked online, not about the upcoming swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden, but of the current president’s well-being. Americans across the country watching the morning’s events live from home expressed worry over the president’s health, claiming that he appeared “unwell” as he boarded Air Force One and later delivered his final address at a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
Trump House with First Lady Melania Trump just before 8:30 a.m. ET, later arriving at the military airfield for a “sending off” ceremony, which was expected to start at 8 a.m. ET. After arriving 35 minutes late, the president delivered a speech, telling the gathered crowd that his administration had “left it all on the field” and listing a series of achievements he claimed for his administration, including creating the US Space Force and tax cuts, according to The Guardian.
While the president’s remarks sparked some controversy online, many people instead focused on Trump’s health. Many Americans watching Trump’s final morning as the president noted that he appeared to have lost weight in his final days in the office, others stating that he looked tired and stressed. The past few weeks have notably been eventful and filled with numerous struggles for the president, who spent months attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election on baseless claims of voter fraud. Last week, the House of Representatives impeached him for incitement of insurrection following the deadly Capitol riot. Scroll down to see what people are saying and read excerpts from his farewell address.
During his final address on Wednesday morning, Trump shared his thanks to family and
members of his administration while at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland alongside his wife, Melania, and family. Below are some excerpts from his farewell speech that had social media talking over his appearance.