In an effort to polish his legacy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday visited a section of the newly constructed wall along the US-Mexico border, but also defiantly criticized efforts by lawmakers to derail his presidency in his final days.
During his remarks at Alamo, Texas, Trump said the discussion of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him prematurely “poses no risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration.”
Without detailing what the repercussions might be, Trump added, “As the saying goes, be careful what you want.”
What Trump threatens is not entirely clear, however, in October, when House Democrats introduced a bill related to the 25th Amendment, Trump tweeted a theory that the momentum of this bill was centered on Biden.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Dems want this to happen quickly because Sleepy Joe is no longer there !!! Trump tweeted on October 9.
Trump also denounced on Tuesday the efforts of House Democrats to move forward on impeachment, calling it a “hoax” and “a continuation of the biggest and most vicious witch hunt in our country’s history. and causing tremendous anger, division and pain. More than most people will ever understand. Which is very dangerous for the United States, especially at this very tender time.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution establishes a procedure in which the vice president and the president’s office meet to remove the president’s power in the event that he or she is unable to perform their duties. His intention was to put in place a process in the event that a president is incapacitated and can no longer “discharge his powers”, but some have made the argument that it could be used to remove a rogue president. , although this has not been tested in court. .
Vice President Mike Pence has said he will not participate in an effort to use the 25th Amendment to impeach Trump, although the US House 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 House will move forward Wednesday with a vote on articles of impeachment, which accuses the president of inciting a pro-Trump mob to storm the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.
Trump addressed the riot on Tuesday saying that “the mob … has trashed government halls.”
“As I have always said throughout my administration, we believe in respecting American history and traditions, not their destruction. We believe in the rule of law, not violence or riots.
Now is the time for our nation to heal and it is time for peace and quiet, ”Trump continued. “We are a nation of law and a nation of order. What we need to do to uphold the rule of law in America. “
Trump defends inflammatory speech
Before leaving for Texas, Trump insisted he was not the instigator of the violence that erupted last week.
“If you read my speech and many people have read it. And I saw it both in the newspapers and in the media, on television. This has been analyzed. And people thought what I said was quite appropriate, ”Trump said before boarding Air Force One for his trip to Texas.
Many members of Congress – Democrats, as well as a growing number of Republicans – disagree with Trump’s position on his remarks. And so do a majority of Americans, according to a poll released in recent days that showed a majority blamed Trump for last week’s violent and deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
Alamo is the site of the 450th mile (724th kilometer) of the United States-Mexico border wall Trump has promised to build during his presidency.
One of the pillars of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015-16 was the pledge to build a “great and beautiful wall” of concrete and steel across the entire southern border of the United States, 1954 miles (3,145 km), payable by Mexico. , he insisted, in an effort to deter illegal border crossings.
In reality, he was only able to get 764 km of the built wall, paid for by the United States, most of which replaced existing barriers.
President-elect Joe Biden has vowed a significant break with Trump’s immigration policies, some of which have been deemed illegal and others seen as extreme by his critics.
Biden has vowed to end construction of the border wall and ease immigration and asylum restrictions put in place by the Trump administration.
Trump brushed off the idea of Biden’s resistance to the border wall, saying Tuesday, “We can’t even let the next administration think about removing it, if you can believe it. I don’t think that will happen.
Biden appears to be heeding warnings that moving too fast to turn the tide of Trump’s immigration policies could cause illegal border crossings to spike. Biden has said he will roll out his changes in the first few months of his presidency, angering progressive Democrats, who are pushing for an immediate reversal of Trump’s immigration policies.
Trump was encouraged by his staff to spend his last days in power touting his legacy, Reuters reported. Trump supporters believe his biggest accomplishments include the border wall, his 2017 tax cut, and hundreds of judicial appointments, especially the three conservative Supreme Court justices he may have served.
While most of the outgoing presidents in modern American history have followed the pattern suggested by Trump’s staff, the president has instead focused on the laser in his past two months, pushing the unfounded narrative that he had won the election in a “landslide” and that its “victory” had been “stolen”, which resulted in the violent siege of the US Capitol last Wednesday.