First lady Melania Trump on Monday released a nearly seven-minute farewell message urging Americans to choose “love over hatred” and “peace over violence.”
The video filmed at the White House was posted to Twitter fewer than 48 hours before President Trump leaves office Wednesday at noon.
“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 devotion,” she said.
The outgoing first couple will skip President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in a historically rare snub. The Trumps are expected to be en route to Palm Beach, Fla., when Biden takes his oath of office.
Trump leaves office amid the fallout from this month’s deadly Capitol riot staged by his supporters, which interrupted certification of Biden’s win. He was impeached for a second time last week for allegedly inciting the mob.
Melania Trump, 50, does not directly mention the Capitol attack, but asks viewers to be peaceful while broadly condemning violence. Her chief of staff Stephanie Grisham was one of the first White House aides to resign over the president’s alleged incitement of the riot that killed four Trump supporters and one police officer.
The first lady also touted her signature Be Best initiative and reflected on her engagements with veterans and people suffering with drug addiction.
“When I came to the White House, I reflected on the responsibility I have always felt as a mother to encourage, give strength and teach values of kindness. It is our duty as adults and parents to ensure that children have the best opportunities to lead fulfilling and healthy lives,” she said.
She added, “I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best, to focus on what unites us, to raise above what divides us, to always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself.”
President Trump will host a goodbye ceremony early Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One for a final flight to Florida.