As President Donald Trump left the White House Wednesday morning for the last time, Americans took to social media to not only discuss the swearing-in of now President Joe Biden but of the former president's well-being. Citizens across the U.S. watching the morning's events live from home expressed worry over the reality TV star alum's health, claiming he appeared "unwell" as he boarded Air Force One and later delivered his final address at a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
Trump departed the White House with his wife and former model, 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, Trump 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 U.S. 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 president noted how he appeared to have lost weight in his final days in the office, others stating 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.
"My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans," he stated.
Is it just me or does Trump not look well? It looks like he’s lost weight in his face.— Aaron T. Starks 🌊 (@StarkyLuv73) January 20, 2021
"As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do — and so much more. This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word. I'd like to begin by thanking just a few of the amazing people who made our remarkable journey possible.
"First, let me express my overwhelming gratitude for the love and support of our spectacular First Lady, Melania. Let me also share my deepest appreciation to my daughter Ivanka, my son-in-law Jared, and to Barron, Don, Eric, Tiffany, and Lara. You fill my world with light and with joy."
The last ride for Trump on Marine 1 lands him to Joint Base Andrews Maryland for the military send off and 21 gun salute for the last time ever! He looks exhausted and lifeless. Disbelief and anger eating him up. #TrumpsLastDay— Jay James™🇰🇪 (@OKOTHJAY) January 20, 2021
"I also want to thank Vice President Mike Pence, his wonderful wife Karen, and the entire Pence family. Thank you as well to my Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows; the dedicated members of the White House Staff and the Cabinet; and all the incredible people across our administration who poured out their heart and soul to fight for America."prevnext
"I also want to take a moment to thank a truly exceptional group of people: the United States Secret Service. My family and I will forever be in your debt. My profound gratitude as well to everyone in the White House Military Office, the teams of Marine One and Air Force One, 2/7 every member of the Armed Forces, and state and local law enforcement all across our country."
Trump looks tired, old & exhausted.— Amaraye👑♉️ (@AmarayeGibson) January 20, 2021
Most of all, I want to thank the American people. To serve as your President has been an honor beyond description. Thank you for this extraordinary privilege. And that's what it is — a great privilege and a great honor."
I noticed how stressed, tired and older #Trump had become in these last few days. Despite the bold face he showed to the public, his fans he kept decieving, his body could not hide the real issues of his heart. We wished you did things differently.— YetundeDr_errands. (@Yhet_licious) January 20, 2021
"We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish and be very, very successful and good. We are a truly magnificent nation."
"All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated. Now more than ever, we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor, and forge our common destiny."
Poor Trump. Showing white in his temples and looking vaguely like Jimmy Carter on his last day. Lost a lot of weight.— vbspurs (@vbspurs) January 20, 2021
Trump looks unwell. He's lost his orange-ness— Rohan Vaughan (@RohanVaughan) January 20, 2021
"Four years ago, I came to Washington as the only true outsider ever to win the presidency. I had not spent my career as a politician, but as a builder looking at open skylines and imagining infinite possibilities. I ran for President because I knew there were towering new summits for America just waiting to be scaled. I knew the potential for our nation was boundless as long as we put America first."
He has lost some weight.— Pete Finnegan (@Pete_Finnegan) January 19, 2021
To read his full address, head to CBS.com. For the latest on Inauguration 2021, stay tuned to the latest from PopCulture.com.prev