First lady offers farewell message to nation

Melania Trump seemed to allude to the attack on the Capitol in a video message. She and President Donald Trump will be the first to not invite their successors to tour the White House.
3:20 | 01/19/21

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Meantime, president trump tonight with 36 hours left in what our team is now learning about how many pardons are still expected and will there be a self-pardon or pardons for his children? Here's our chief white house correspondent is Jonathan Karl. Reporter: While president trump was once again nowhere to be seen, first lady Melania trump today offered her farewell message to the nation. My fellow Americans. Reporter: In the pre-recorded video, she seemed to allude to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of her husband. Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer. And will never be justified. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person. Reporter: But Mrs. Trump will be the first first lady in modern history not to invite her successor to the white house before the inauguration, denying a courtesy to Dr. Jill Biden that Michelle Obama extended to her. Of course, president trump isn't extending that courtesy to Joe Biden, either. Some of trump's advisers have been pleading with him to at least call Biden and to leave him a note in the oval office, a longstanding tradition for outgoing presidents. Shortly after taking office, trump showed David the note Barack Obama left him. And this was the letter given to me by president Obama. We saw that image of him, that final morning that he was here, putting the letter on the desk. Which is, I won't show it to you, read it to you, but a -- just a -- a beautiful letter. Is there a line you can share that struck you most? There were numerous lines, so well-written, so thoughtful. Reporter: George H.W. Bush famously left Bill Clinton a note, saying, quote, "You will be our president when you read this note. Your success is now our country's success, I am rooting hard for you." Trump is instead planning a farewell ceremony for himself at joint base Andrews, with great military fanfare. Then he'll board air force one for the last time and head to mar-a-lago, where moving trucks were spotted today. Before he goes, trump is expected to announce about 100 pardons. But sources tell ABC news, the president is not expected to pardon himself or any members of his family or any close associates. And then there's the matter of his impeachment trial. Who will lead his defense is up in the air. It had been expected to be Rudy Giuliani, but Giuliani told ABC over the weekend because he too, spoke at the rally before the riot -- Let's have trial by combat! Reporter: Giuliani says that makes him a potential witness. All right's get to Jon Karl live at the white house tonight. And Jon, you showed that moment and boy, took me back. In the oval office, right off the last inauguration. President trump was really so proud of that letter president Obama left for him, but I guess the question, Jon, is that tradition of leaving letters for the next president now over? Reporter: Well, we'll see, David. I can tell you that several people close to president trump have urged him to leave a letter to President-Elect Biden. Whether or not he does remains to be seen. But this much is already clear, Donald Trump will be the first president, the first outgoing president in more than 150 years not to attend the inauguration of his successor. In 150 years. Jon Karl, thank you. In the meantime, President-Elect Joe Biden

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