Trump: I’ll ‘work so hard’ as president

Donald Trump on Thursday promised change he said America hasn’t seen in decades, as he spoke in front of a crowd of thousands in Washington, D.C., on his final day as president-elect.

“I promise you that I will work so hard. We’re gonna get it turned around,” Trump told supporters, pledging to bring back American jobs, build up the military and strengthen the nation’s borders. “We’re going to do things that haven’t been done for our country for many, many decades. It’s going to change. I promise you. It’s going to change.”

Trump spoke for a little more than six minutes Thursday night at the Lincoln Memorial, echoing much of his campaign rhetoric: He hailed his campaign as a “movement” that’s never been seen before, recounted how it started in June 2015, rattled off estimates of the massive crowd sizes from his past rallies, reminded supporters that this is their movement and that he’s merely the messenger, and vowed to unify the country.

He thanked the performers at his “Make America Great Again” welcome celebration and his family for their support, and said his transition team had the idea to host a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which he suggested may never have occurred before. In fact, President Barack Obama held his inauguration concert in 2009 at the Lincoln Memorial.

“So many people have poured into Washington, D.C. This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea, ‘Maybe we’ll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial,’” Trump said. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done before, but if it has, very seldom. And the people came by the thousands and the thousands, and here we are tonight, all the way back.”

Trump arrived at the Lincoln Memorial with much fanfare, drawing chants of “Trump!” from the thousands of supporters before The Frontmen of Country — Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart and Richie McDonald — performed a medley of their greatest hits, including Trump’s campaign song, “God Bless the USA,” with Lee Greenwood.

Trump delivered his remarks at his welcome celebration, the final official event on the eve of his inauguration, shortly after 6 p.m. He seemed to enjoy himself, often rocking his head and swaying from side to side with the music. The concert featured country singer Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and actor Jon Voight, among others.

“This is some day,” Voight told the crowd. He cast Trump as America’s savior, the answer to all Americans’ prayers and the victor of a grueling slog of a campaign despite, he said, “a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr. Trump, whose only desire was to make America great again.”

Voight added that Trump “certainly didn’t need this job” but contended that “God answered all of our prayers. Because here it is: We will be part of history. All of us. President Lincoln, who sits here with us, I’m sure is smiling, knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color.”

Trump and his family landed at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday afternoon on a Boeing 757, the president-elect’s first ride in a military aircraft. He spoke briefly inside the presidential ballroom of his new Washington hotel at what was billed as a leadership luncheon.

Trump arrived at the Lincoln Memorial with much fanfare, drawing chants of “Trump!” from the thousands of supporters before The Frontmen of Country — Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart and Richie McDonald — performed a medley of their greatest hits, including Trump’s campaign song, “God Bless the USA,” with Lee Greenwood.

Trump delivered his remarks at his welcome celebration, the final official event on the eve of his inauguration, shortly after 6 p.m. He seemed to enjoy himself, often rocking his head and swaying from side to side with the music. The concert featured country singer Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and actor Jon Voight, among others.

“This is some day,” Voight told the crowd. He cast Trump as America’s savior, the answer to all Americans’ prayers and the victor of a grueling slog of a campaign despite, he said, “a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr. Trump, whose only desire was to make America great again.”

Voight added that Trump “certainly didn’t need this job” but contended that “God answered all of our prayers. Because here it is: We will be part of history. All of us. President Lincoln, who sits here with us, I’m sure is smiling, knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color.”

Trump and his family landed at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday afternoon on a Boeing 757, the president-elect’s first ride in a military aircraft. He spoke briefly inside the presidential ballroom of his new Washington hotel at what was billed as a leadership luncheon.

Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday morning that Trump “continues to make edits and additions” to the speech, which he said will “be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country” but will also include what it means to be American and what challenges the nation faces.

“I think it’s going to be less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document, a vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government, the role of citizens,” Spicer said.

Trump shrugged off the forecast of showers that could literally rain on his parade — and his swearing-in, for that matter — at his welcome rally, telling supporters he’ll see them Friday rain or shine.

“I don’t care, frankly, if it’s going to be beautiful or if it’s gonna rain like crazy. Makes no difference to me,” he said. “I have a feeling it’s going to be beautiful. But I will see you tomorrow.”

With the backing of his supporters, Trump pledged to fulfill his campaign mantra and “Make America great again” — “and I’ll add, greater than ever before,” he told the crowd. He wrapped his remarks with a fitting description of what was to come, both as he exited the stage and as the political outsider takes over the federal government. “Thank you very much,” he said, “and enjoy the fireworks.”

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(Source:www.politico.com)
Photo:AP Photo/David J. Phillip

 

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