Trump releases recorded video message on his last day as president

In his video message Tuesday, President Donald Trump did not mention Joe Biden’s name or call Biden President-elect. Trump is expected to make last-minute pardons and commutations, sources say.
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president trump just hours left in office, releasing a farewell message, praising his achievements. And with just hours to go, now says he prays for the success of the new administration. And after telling his supporters before that siege to be strong, to fight, to March on the capitol, in his parting message, now condemning the attack. Here's our chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl tonight. Reporter: It's been a full week since the president trump made a public appearance. And on this, his last full day in office, he remained behinded closed doors in the white house. Although he did release a recorded video touting his accomplishments over the past four years. We restored the idea that in America, no one is forgotten because everyone matters and everyone has a voice. Reporter: But his legacy will be forever tarred by his refusal concede defeat and his frantic efforts to overturn the election, efforts that ultimately led to the disaster of January 6th when he urged some of his most fervent supporters to head for the capitol, lying to them that congress and the vice president could prevent Biden's victory from becoming official. In his video message today, trump abruptly reversed course, wishing his successor well, but still not saying his name. 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. Reporter: He has not called the President-Elect. He stalled the transition. And he's boycotting the inauguration. But he's well aware he'll soon have to defend himself at an impeachment trial. He's hoping senate Republicans will not vote to convict him for stoking the flames of insurrection. If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. Reporter: And he hopes that people will forget that he praised the rioters in the middle of the insurrection. Go home. We love you. You're very special. Reporter: Today, he said something very different. 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. Reporter: But today, senate Republican Mitch Mcconnell leveled his strongest condemnation yet of the president, saying point-blank, trump provoked the insurrection. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful Reporter: With the clock running out on his presidency, trump is preparing a last flurry of pardons and commutations, about 100 of then. Although sources close to the president say he is not expected to pardon himself, any of his family members or his close associates. And so let's get to Jon Karl with us live from Washington, as well. Jon, now taking on the new and expanded role of chief Washington correspondent. Jon, of course, is with us here every night. And Jon, president trump will leave the white house tomorrow he will hold a farewell ceremony at joint base Andrews with full military honors, but as he pointed out here, one person will be noticeably absent. What are your sources telling you tonight about vice president pence? Reporter: Vice president pence will not be at that farewell ceremony. Instead, he will be here in Washington, up at the capitol attending an event that, David, every outgoing president has attended for more than 150 years, the presidential inauguration. All right, Jon Karl with us, he'll be on the air with us all day tomorrow. Jon, we'll see you then.

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