Selasa, 12 Januari 2021

US President Donald Trump calls move to impeach him 'absolutely ridiculous' as he heads to first appearance since Washington rally - ABC News

US President Donald Trump has called preparations to impeach him in US Congress "absolutely ridiculous" and said the movement was causing "tremendous anger".

Mr Trump, speaking as he boarded Marine One at the White House for a trip to Texas, called his likely impeachment in the House of Representatives on Wednesday a "continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics".

On impeachment, Mr Trump said it's "a really terrible thing that they're doing".

But he continued: "We want no violence. Never violence."

With only eight days left in his one-term administration, Mr Trump has been shunned by former supporters, barred by social media, and is now facing a second impeachment over a charge that he instigated a riot against Congress on January 6.

His trip to Alamo, Texas, where he will tout claims of success in building a US-Mexican border wall, is his first live public appearance since he held a rally shortly before thousands of followers, some of whom then marched on Congress last week.

Using 25th Amendment unlikely to succeed

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question
Donald Trump could become the first president to be impeached twice.(AP: Patrick Semansky)

The House of Representatives will on Tuesday (local time) vote on a longshot bid to have Vice-President Mike Pence and the cabinet invoke the US Constitution's 25th Amendment, which would declare Mr Trump unable to perform his duties and install Mr Pence as acting president.

This is thought to be unlikely to happen.

Although Mr Pence and Mr Trump were reportedly at odds last week, the two met at the White House on Monday for the first time since the Congress attack and had "a good conversation," according to a senior administration official.

Democrats will follow up the 25th Amendment vote with impeachment proceedings in the House on Wednesday.

The charge of "incitement of insurrection" which has been laid by the Democrats is likely to receive support in the Democrat-majority House.

With the Republican-controlled Senate in recess until January 19, one day before Mr Biden is due to take office, it could mean Mr Trump, who was acquitted in the Senate last year after his first impeachment, would not be forced out of office early.

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Donald Trump vowed to "never concede" before protests erupted.

Trump spends final days in office in denial

Ever since the November 3 election, the real estate tycoon has been obsessively pushing an unfounded line that he, not Democrat Joe Biden, was the real winner and last week he called on the huge crowd at the rally to "show strength."

The mob burst into Congress, fought police, trashed offices and forced politicians to briefly suspend a ceremony legally formalising Mr Biden's victory.

A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot a woman during the violence. Three others died in what authorities said were medical emergencies.

In Congress, where the Republican party has been in thrall to the populist leader for four years, even ultra-loyal senior figures like Senator Lindsey Graham have finally told Mr Trump that he must accept his election defeat.

Mr Trump, however, remains defiant.

He has yet to congratulate Mr Biden or urge his supporters to stand behind the incoming president after he is inaugurated on January 20 — a gesture of political unity considered all but routine after US elections.

The unprecedented events have been unfolding in a nation bracing for more unrest.

The FBI has warned ominously of potential armed protests in Washington and many states by Trump loyalists ahead of Mr Biden's inauguration.

The Washington Monument has been closed and the inauguration ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol will be off limits to the public.

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Donald Trump vowed to "never concede" before protests erupted.


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