Melania Trump releases farewell video after historic Jill Biden snub

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Melania Trump delivered her farewell speech today in a video message posted to Twitter.  

Ms Trump praised members of the military and law enforcement during her speech, and said she had been “moved by children” she visited in hospitals.  

She also thanked healthcare professionals for their work battling the coronavirus.

“I am humbled to have had the opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people,” Ms Trump said. 

It came after Ms Trump was criticised for refusing to give Jill Biden a tour of the White House, a more than 100 year-old tradition for outgoing First Ladies. 

Rather than the traditional meeting of the first families, the Bidens will be greeted by the White House by an usher. The Trumps are expected to depart for Mar-a-Lago early Wednesday morning.

“The past four years have been unforgettable”. the First Lady said in the video. “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.” 

She did not mention the Capitol riots but signed off on a note of peace while acknowledging her own Be Best anti-bullying campaign. 

“Be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified, she said.

“Every life is precious, and I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered,” she added.

Her comments come as a new poll reveals she is at the most unpopular point of her tenure as the nation’s first lady. 

The survey by CNN found Ms Trump with a 42 per cent favourability rating, the lowest she has received since the poll began in 2016, while her unfavourability rating has continued to climb to 47 per cent.

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