Trump Says “We Will Be Back” in Veterans Day Video Recorded in a Room Resembling the Oval Office.
Former President Donald Trump vowed “we will come back stronger than ever” while delivering a Veterans Day message from a room that resembles the Oval Office.
“On this Veterans Day, I would like to pay tribute to all those incredible people, and you are indeed incredible people, serving so well, so strongly and so powerfully in the United States Armed Forces,” Trump said during a video. “We love you, our nation respects you, the world respects you and we will return.”
He continued: “Our country has been through a lot. The last period of time has been very, very difficult seeing what you had to see. But our country will return, and we will return stronger than ever. Happy Veterans Day. Thank you.”
Trump sat behind a large desk while wearing a dark suit and red tie for the duration of the 38-second video, which appeared to have been recorded in a room that looked like the Oval Office of the White House.
An American flag was placed behind the former president’s right shoulder, as it did in the Oval Office, while a telephone was placed on the desk to Trump’s right. However, the windows behind the desk, as in the royal Oval Office, were missing, replaced by a small set of white blinds that resembled a closet door. It is unclear where Trump filmed the video.
President Joe Biden was criticized by Trump supporters earlier this year for appearing on video recorded in what was described as a “fake Oval Office.” In fact, the videos were recorded on a set in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex.
Trump and former President Barack Obama appeared in the same room to make announcements during their presidencies, although the room was dressed differently.
Trump did not deliver a speech in the actual Oval Office or anywhere else on Veterans Day in 2020, his last full year in the White House. The holiday came just days after the 2020 presidential election for Biden was called, and the former president remained relatively quiet at the time, refusing to budge.
Since then, Trump has continued to maintain, without evidence, that the election was “stolen.” Last month, the former president urged Republicans not to vote in the 2022 midterm elections or the 2024 presidential elections “if we do not solve the fraud in the 2020 presidential elections.”
Trump has repeatedly hinted at a race for another term in 2024 but has not made a firm commitment. During an interview with Fox News earlier this week, he said he would “probably” announce his decision after the midterm elections in 2022, adding:” A lot of people will be very happy, frankly.”