The elected US President Donald Trump addresses the population again before the turn of the year. Above all, he praised the achievements of the country under his leadership. “Truly historic victories” have been achieved and the US must be remembered for what it has achieved, Trump said in a video message released. In particular, he praised the rapid production of vaccines against the coronavirus and thanked scientists, doctors and members of the military. The vaccinations would end the pandemic once and for all, Trump said.
The president went on to say that the country has weathered the pandemic “dramatically better” economically than experts had predicted. “Nobody can keep up with us” in terms of the less severe downturn and the rapid upswing, Trump claimed. “Whenever America is challenged, we are always up to the situation.”
Since the beginning of the global corona pandemic, nearly 20 million infections with Sars-CoV-2 have been detected in the USA, and more than 340,000 deaths are related to the virus.
In his speech, Trump did not talk about the dramatic extent of the pandemic, which continues to affect the US economy. Within a week, hundreds of thousands of Americans again applied for unemployment benefits, and according to the latest figures, around 19.6 million people in the USA receive some form of unemployment benefit. A year earlier it was only around 1.8 million.
Trump also did not mention the presidential election in his message. He emerged from it as a loser, but does not recognize the victory of his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Trump sees himself cheated out of victory, for which he has presented no evidence. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20th.