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Melania sagt als First Lady Bye-bye - im Video, ohne auf Jill Biden zu warten

Melania und Donald Trump bei ihrer Rückkehr nach Washington aus Mar-a-Lago Ende Dezember
Melania und Donald Trump bei ihrer Rückkehr nach Washington aus Mar-a-Lago Ende Dezember   -   Copyright  Evan Vucci/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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Melania Trump hat ihr Abschiedsvideo als First Lady auf Twitter veröffentlicht, dem sozialen Netzwerk, von dem ihr Mann, der noch amtierende US-Präsident Donald Trump, gesperrt wurde. Die in Slowenien geborene 50-Jährige sagt, es sei die Ehre ihres Lebens gewesen, den USA als First Lady zu dienen.

Zur Zeit hat Melania Trump sogar zwei Twitter-Konten: ihr eigenes und das der @FLOTUS, das von einer First Lady zur nächsten weitergegeben wird. Für Melania Trump waren es "vier unvergessliche Jahre" - wie sie in dem 6-Minuten-Video erklärt.

Umzug ins Golf-Resort in Florida

In den vergangenen Tagen haben US-Medien berichtet, dass Melania ihre Umzugskartons schon gepackt hat. Sie will nicht in den Trump-Tower in New York zurückkehren, wo sie zu Beginn der Amtszeit ihres Mannes weiter mit ihrem Sohn gewohnt hatte. Es geht jetzt ins im Golf-Resort in Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Offenbar wollen die Trumps, Joe und Jill Biden nicht im White House willkommen heißen. Dabei war die Begegnung der Obamas mit den Trumps vor vier Jahren ein ganz besonderer Moment (siehe unten).

Die scheidende First Lady erinnert in ihrer Abschiedsrede an den Kampf der Beschäftigten im Gesundheitswesen und an die Toten der Corona-Pandemie.

"Gewalt ist niemals die Antwort"

Melania Trump erwähnt den Sturm auf das Kapitol nicht, aber sie erteilt der Gewalt generell eine Absage: "Seien Sie leidenschaftlich in allem, was Sie tun, aber denken Sie immer daran, dass Gewalt niemals die Antwort ist und niemals gerechtfertigt sein wird."

Sie spricht auch von ihrem Engagement dafür, dass Kinder im Internet sicher sein können. In den sozialen Medien erntet Melania Trump angesichts der Hetze ihres Mannes dafür Kritik von mehreren Userinnen und Usern.

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Melania Trump in Tampa im Oktober 2020Evan Vucci/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Wollen Sie die Worte im englischen Original nachlesen? Hier ist der Text.

"My fellow Americans,

It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as First Lady of the United States.

I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace.

The past four years have been unforgettable. 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 determination.

I see the faces of brave young soldiers who have told me with pride in their eyes how much they love serving this country. To every service member and to our incredible military families: You are heroes, and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

I think of all the members of law enforcement who greet us wherever we go. At every hour of every day, they stand guard to keep our communities safe, and we are forever in their debt.

I have been moved by children I have visited in hospitals and foster care centers. Even as they fight difficult illnesses or face challenges, they bring such a joy to everyone they meet.

I remember the mothers who have battled the disease of Opioid addiction, and have overcome incredible hardships for love of their children.

I have been inspired by the devoted caregivers for babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and communities that give these children the support and care they need to grow.

When I think about these meaningful experiences, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people.

As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I thank all the nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers, and so many others who are working to save lives.

We grieve for the families who have lost a loved one due to the pandemic. Every life is precious, and I ask all Americans to use caution and common sense to protect the vulnerable as millions of vaccines are now being delivered.

In the midst of this hardship, we have seen the best of America shine through. Students have made cards and delivered groceries to our Senior Citizens. Teachers have worked twice as hard to keep our children learning.

Families have come together to provide meals, supplies, comfort and friendship to those in need.

Be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified.

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.

The passion for helping children succeed would drive my policy initiative as First Lady.

I launched Be Best to ensure that we as Americans are doing everything we can to take care of the next generation. Be Best has concentrated on three pillars: well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.

In a few short years, I have raised awareness of how to keep children safe online; we have made incredible progress on our nation’s drug epidemic and how it impacts the lives of newborns and families, and we have given a voice to our most vulnerable children in the foster care system.

Internationally, Be Best has evolved into a platform that encourages world leaders to discuss issues impacting the lives of children and allows them to share solutions. It has been an honor to represent the American people abroad. I treasure each of my experiences and the inspiring people I have met along the way.

As I say farewell to my role as First Lady, it is my sincere hope that every American will do their part to teach our children what it means to Be Best. I ask parents to educate your children about the courageous and selfless heroes who worked and sacrificed to make this country the land of the free. And to lead by example and care for others in your community.

The promise of this Nation belongs to all of us. Do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person and build good habits into your daily lives.

In all circumstances, I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best. To focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself.

Together, as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America’s legacy of raising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness and faith.

No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your First Lady.

To all the people of this country: You will be in my heart forever.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."