(AP) President Donald Trump advised reporters on the White House the prospect of impeachment is inflicting “tremendous anger” within the nation.
But he mentioned he desires “no violence.”
The president spoke Tuesday as he left for Texas to survey the border wall with Mexico. His remarks have been his first to reporters for the reason that Capitol assault. He took no questions.
On impeachment, Trump mentioned it’s “a really terrible thing that they’re doing.” But he mentioned, “We want no violence. Never violence.”
“As far as this is concerned. We want no violence, never violence. We want absolutely no violence. And on the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger and you’re doing it. And it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing.”
“For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path. I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence. Thank you very much.”
Trump faces a single cost – “incitement of insurrection” – within the impeachment decision that the House will start debating Wednesday, per week earlier than Democrat Joe Biden is ready to be inaugurated, Jan. 20.
The unprecedented occasions, solely the primary U.S. president to be twice impeached, are unfolding in a nation bracing for extra unrest. The FBI has warned ominously of potential armed protests in Washington and lots of states by Trump loyalists forward of Biden’s inauguration. In a darkish foreshadowing, the Washington Monument was closed to the general public and the inauguration ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol will likely be off limits to the general public.
A Capitol police officer died from accidents suffered within the riot, and police shot a girl throughout the violence. Three others died in what authorities mentioned have been medical emergencies.