As the inauguration of Joe Biden gets under way, President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and children, including Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., have shared farewell messages on social media and from the White House.
The White House posted a farewell video message from the president on Tuesday.
“To serve as your president has been an honor beyond description,” he said in a video lasting nearly 20 minutes. “Thank you for this extraordinary privilege.
“I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices, because that’s what you elected me to do.
“The movement that we started is only just beginning,” he said, adding: “There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle.”
On Monday, the White House also shared a farewell video message from Melania Trump.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States.
“The past four years have been unforgettable. As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism and determination.
“No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your first lady,” she added.
“Thank you for all of the love and support you have shown me. I leave D.C. in awe of the compassion, grace and grit that exists across the nation.
“I hope and believe that America can move forward in a positive way, acknowledging our differences and find common ground—that is how we will remain the greatest nation.”
She added: “May God give wisdom, courage and strength” to Biden and his wife Jill, and to Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff.
“As Americans we must all pray for their success,” she wrote.
The president’s son Eric Trump wrote: “It has certainly been a beautiful journey…” in a tweet sharing images of his family from the past four years.
Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Instagram: “Thanks dad! America owes you a debt of gratitude,” sharing an image of the president holding onto an American flag.
Tiffany Trump, the president’s only child with his second wife Marla Maples, tweeted: “It has been an honor to celebrate many milestones, historic occasions and create memories with my family here at the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé @MichaelZBoulos! Feeling blessed and excited for the next chapter!”
Biden’s inauguration begins at 10 a.m. ET on January 20, according to the presidential inaugural committee.
After being sworn in, Biden and Harris will participate in several military ceremonies, such as the pass-in review.
The new president will receive an escort to the White House “with every branch of the military represented,” which will be followed by a “Parade Across America.”
Later in the evening, the Celebrating America television program, hosted by Tom Hanks, will be broadcast from 8:30 p.m. local time.
The show will feature remarks from Biden and Harris as well as performances from a host of celebrities.