President Trump railed against impeachment as a continued "witch hunt" and called for "no violence" in his first public remarks to reporters after the insurrection he incited at the US Capitol last week.
One day before House lawmakers are expected to vote to impeach him for the second time, Trump called the process "dangerous" and said it is causing "tremendous anger."
"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," he told reporters on the White House South Lawn Tuesday morning.
Trump continued, "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."
Trump did not address his own role in Wednesday’s breach of the Capitol by his supporters, but said, "We want no violence, never violence, we want absolutely no violence."
The President also addressed his forthcoming trip to Alamo, Texas, to tour border wall construction, touting the "tremendous difference" the wall has made and claiming there "does seem to be a surge" of illegal immigration due to caravans, "because they think there’s going to be a lot in it for them if they’re able to get through."
Trump also greeted a crowd of maskless supporters, many waving American flags, on the South Lawn.
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