Former President Donald Trump promised that “we’ll be back stronger than ever” while delivering a Veterans Day message from a room resembling the Oval Office.
“On this Veterans Day I’d like to pay tribute to all of those incredible people—and you are indeed incredible people—who serve so well and so strong and so powerfully in the United States Armed Forces,” Trump said during a video. “We love you, our nation respects you, the world respects you, and we will come back.”
He continued, “Our country has gone through a lot. The last period of time has been very, very tough watching what you had to watch. But our country will be back, and we’ll be back stronger than ever. Happy Veterans Day. Thank you.”
Trump was seated behind a large desk while wearing a dark suit and red tie for the duration of the 38-second video, which appeared to have been recorded in a room that looked like the White House’s Oval Office.
An American flag stood in back of the former president’s right shoulder, as it did in the Oval Office, while a telephone was placed on the desk to the right of Trump. However, windows behind the desk, as in the real Oval Office, were missing, replaced by a small set of white blinds resembling a closet door. It is not clear where Trump recorded the video.
President Joe Biden was criticized by Trump supporters earlier this year for appearing in videos recorded in what was described as a “fake Oval Office.” In fact, the videos were recorded from a set in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium, which is part of the White House complex.
Trump and former President Barack Obama appeared in the same room to make announcements during their presidencies, although the room was dressed differently.
Trump did not deliver a speech from the real Oval Office or anywhere else on Veterans Day in 2020, his last full year in the White House. The holiday came only days after the 2020 presidential election had been called for Biden, and the former president remained relatively tight-lipped at the time, refusing to concede.
Since then, Trump has continued to maintain, without evidence, that the election was “stolen” from him. Last month, the former president urged Republicans to not vote in the 2022 midterms or the 2024 presidential election “if we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020.”
Trump has repeatedly hinted at a run for another term in 2024, but he has made no firm commitment. During an interview with Fox News earlier this week, he said he would “probably” announce his decision after the 2022 midterms, adding, “A lot of people will be very happy, frankly.”
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s office for comment but did not hear back before publication.