Defiant Trump says the impeachment measures are “extremely dangerous” for the United States

In an effort to sharpen his legacy, President Donald Trump toured a section of the newly constructed wall along the US-Mexico border on Tuesday, but also criticized lawmakers’ efforts to derail his presidency in its final days.

During his remarks in Alamo, Texas, Trump said that discussing the early recall of the 25th Amendment “does not present any risk to me, but he will return to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration.”

Trump added, without elaborating on what the repercussions might be, “as the expression says, beware of what you wish for.”

He then criticized Democratic lawmakers’ efforts to move forward with impeachment measures, describing it as a “hoax” and “a continuation of the greatest and fiercest witch-hunt in the history of our country that causes tremendous anger, division and pain. Much greater than most people understand. It is very dangerous for the United States, especially in our country. This very tender time. “

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution establishes a procedure in which the Vice President and the President’s Cabinet meet to strip the president of power in the event that he is unable to perform their duties. Its purpose was to set up a process in the event that the president became incapacitated and could no longer “dispose of his powers,” but some have argued that it could be used to remove a rogue president, although this has not been tested in court.

Vice President Mike Pence has stated that he will not participate in an attempt to use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, although the US House of Representatives is trying to pressure him by passing a bill later on Tuesday urging him to do so.

If their efforts fail to convince Pence, the board will move straight ahead On Wednesday, the vote on impeachment, accusing the president of inciting a pro-Trump gang to storm the US Capitol building last Wednesday.

Trump addressed the riots on Tuesday, saying, “The mob … destroyed the halls of government.”

“As I have consistently said throughout my administration, we believe in respecting America’s history and traditions, not destroying them. We believe in the rule of law, not violence or riots.

Now is the time for our nation to heal and the time for peace and tranquility. We are a nation of law and we are a nation of order. What must we do to support the rule of law in America?

Trump defends fiery rhetoric

Before leaving for Texas, Trump insisted he was not the instigator of the violence that erupted last week.

“If you read my speech and a lot of people did it. And I saw it in both newspapers, the media and television. It was analyzed.” Before boarding Air Force One on his flight to Texas, Trump said, “People thought what I said was quite appropriate.”

Many members of Congress – Democrats, as well as a growing number of Republicans – do not agree with Trump’s view of his remarks. And so do the majority of Americans, according to a poll published in recent days that showed that a majority blamed Trump for the violent and deadly riots that took place last week at the US Capitol.

The Alamo is the site of 450 miles (724 kilometers) from the United States and Mexico Border wall Trump promised to build during his presidency.

US President Donald Trump signs a plaque placed on the US-Mexico border wall during his visit, in Alamo, Texas, January 12, 2021 [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

One of the pillars of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015-2016 was the promise that he would build a “beautiful and big wall” made of concrete and steel along the 1,954 miles (3,145 km) southern border of the United States, with Mexico paying for it. I insisted, in an attempt to deter illegal border crossings.

In fact, he was only able to gain 475 miles (764 km) of the wall it built, was paid for by the United States, and most of it replaced existing barriers.

President-elect Joe Biden promised a major departure from Trump’s immigration policies, some of which he considered illegal and others his critics considered extremists.

Biden has pledged to end construction of the border wall and ease immigration and asylum restrictions imposed by the Trump administration.

Trump rejected the idea of ​​Biden’s resistance to the border wall, saying on Tuesday, “We cannot allow the next administration to even consider removing it, if you can believe it. I don’t think that will happen.”

Biden appears to be heeding warnings that moving too quickly to reverse Trump’s immigration policies could lead to a spike in illegal border crossings. Biden has said he will introduce his changes during the first several months of his presidency, much to the ire of progressive Democrats, who are pushing for an immediate reversal of Trump’s immigration policies.

Reuters reported that Trump employees encouraged Trump to spend his last days in office promoting his legacy. Supporters of Trump feel his biggest accomplishments include the border wall, the 2017 tax cut, and the hundreds of judicial appointments, especially the three conservative Supreme Court justices he has managed to occupy.

While most outgoing presidents in recent U.S. history have followed the model suggested by Trump’s staff, the president has instead become focused on lasers in his last two months defending the unfounded narrative that he won the election “by an overwhelming majority” and that His victory was “stolen”, culminating in the violent siege on the US Capitol building last Wednesday.

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