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Trump denies any responsibility for his supporters' Congress attack

PoliticsJan 12, 2021 04:00PM ET
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By Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, facing impeachment on a charge of "incitement of insurrection" on Tuesday denied responsibility for his supporters' violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol last week and said his remarks before the siege were appropriate.

The Republican president told reporters that his speech before Wednesday's assault - in which he urged supporters to march on the Capitol and fight - had been analyzed by unnamed others, who he said believed it was "totally appropriate."

"If you read my speech ... what I said was totally appropriate," he told reporters at Joint Base Andrews when asked about any personal responsibility he had regarding the Jan. 6 attack when his supporters stormed the Capitol with members of Congress and his own Vice President Mike Pence inside.

"They've analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence and everybody ... thought it was totally appropriate," he said before heading to Alamo, Texas to visit and sign his signature wall on the border with Mexico.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to impeach Trump on Wednesday unless he steps down or is removed before then, which would make him the only U.S. president ever to be impeached twice.

Trump's remarks on Tuesday were his first in public since Wednesday, although he released a video on Thursday in which he condemned the violence but did not concede the election.

Democrats said Trump's defense of his words and actions underscored the urgency of removing him from office.

"Trump’s lack of contrition today makes clear that the 25th Am must be invoked to remove him," Daniel Goldman, majority counsel in the first House impeachment inquiry, tweeted. "Impeachment should proceed apace and every MOC must think hard about whether s/he supports Trump’s efforts to overturn the election and incite an insurrection on the Capitol."

Trump did not answer a shouted question before leaving the White House about whether he was responsible for the violence at the Capitol, which led to the deaths of six people.

Instead, he blasted Democratic leaders for moving forward on impeachment, warning it posed "a tremendous danger" to the country.

Conservative former presidential candidate Evan McMullin said those remarks amounted to threats of further violence.

"Trump's threats of more violence by warning of 'tremendous anger' and 'tremendous danger' in response to potential impeachment, a vital mechanism of our democracy, are further evidence of its justice and necessity," he said on Twitter.

Trump denies any responsibility for his supporters' Congress attack
 

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Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Jan 12, 2021 7:23PM ET
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Ok, again Trump practicing the "Trump denial" : I was if we win otherwise I don't know what are you talking about. Great.
Ridha B younes
Ridha B younes Jan 12, 2021 6:00PM ET
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Mr Pence must throw papa under the A25 bus .
Ridha B younes
Ridha B younes Jan 12, 2021 6:00PM ET
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pen pinaplle apple pen
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Jan 12, 2021 5:40PM ET
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Trump is on record giving orders. He is guilty and needs jail time. All Trump types need jail time. The proof for that is that half of this board here is estimated to be jail birds and the rest are in prosecution and on their procedural way towards jail time. Trump still needs to pay for other deaths he caused abd then for all the insider trading he did. Count Trump as bankrupt with his state pension being garnisheed to repay his debts with penalties and interest
Ridha B younes
Ridha B younes Jan 12, 2021 4:21PM ET
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the impossible burgers still not taking a hint inticing to over throw the U.S.govermment is the charge very high treason . That's what republicans advisers can come up with . The bragging about achievements and Pompeio is in Brussels bragging about how effective Trump' s hate was in the last year . No bragging about impossible burgers just veg soup will do I like watercress soup by the way .why Republican advisers are blessing this course of action and the whole world is being in shock really not from the U.S. democracy but from the wall that republicans put to defend trump. Democracy will prevail tomorrow trump just gave another threat to the U.S.A if they impeach or activate the low 25 to remove him . Another threat ? because he has electro lite . remember president kamatcho
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Me comment Jan 12, 2021 4:21PM ET
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What??????
Ridha B younes
Ridha B younes Jan 12, 2021 4:21PM ET
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Camacho?
Paolo Sarvia
Paolo Sarvia Jan 12, 2021 4:21PM ET
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Google translate
Ridha B younes
Ridha B younes Jan 12, 2021 4:21PM ET
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what part?
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Ridha B younes Jan 12, 2021 4:21PM ET
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the impossible burgers are Trump and Pompeio . staying slim with watercress soup good for health .No advice from republican party about the consequences of no resigning nd try to remember that movie ideocracy very funny don't mind me all the best
Tom Woosley
Tom Woosley Jan 12, 2021 4:08PM ET
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No reason to accept responsibility. It doesn't matter how many times you listen to his speech that morning, he always says "peaceful protest". Some rogue right or left wingers took it upon themselves to force their way in and likely some otherwise normally law and order mainstream conservatives got caught up in the moment and went in as well. Big boys and girls sometimes make poor choices but they also take blame for their mistakes. The only reason for impeachment is that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer carry so much hatred for Trump, they want to ensure that he can't run for office again. They tried to remove him for 4 years and failed so they are determined to stick a knife in his back as he leaves office.
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Stephen Fa Jan 12, 2021 4:08PM ET
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"peacefully"
Paolo Sarvia
Paolo Sarvia Jan 12, 2021 3:49PM ET
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Ha yes, they were Santa's troops.
Tru Gfu
Tru Gfu Jan 12, 2021 3:39PM ET
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He takes credit for things he didnt do and takes no responsibility for things he did do. the opposite of leadership. good riddance.
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Jack_A Jan 12, 2021 3:39PM ET
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this is he, liar and blamer!!!
 
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