On the eve of his probable “impeachment”, Donald Trump opted for a combative tone on Tuesday, contesting any responsibility for the assault on Capitol Hill led by his supporters and saying he was convinced that no one would prevent him from completing his mandate.
“The 25th Amendment poses no risk to me,” Trump said from Alamo, Texas, referring to Democrats’ call for Vice President Mike Pence to declare him unfit for office.
Eight days from the end of his mandate, he tried to adopt a less aggressive posture than on January 6, evoking the time “of peace and calm”. He also tried to reduce the procedure aimed at him to a maneuver by the Democrats, a new “witch hunt”.
But the reality is quite different. After a series of resignations from his government, and very strong criticism from his own camp, he is, in fact, more isolated than ever.
According to the New York Times, Mitch McConnell, president of the Republican majority in the Senate, told his relatives that he viewed the impeachment initiated by the Democrats favorably, saying that it would help the Republican Party to turn definitively. the Trump page.
The 45th president could become the first in history to be twice impeached in Congress in impeachment proceedings.
Backed by a large number of Democrats, and with the backing of some Republicans, the indictment targeting Donald Trump is expected to be easily adopted by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
On Tuesday evening, Liz Cheney, one of the House Republican minority leaders and daughter of the former US Vice President, announced that she would vote in favor of the impeachment.
“None of this would have happened without the president,” she said in a vitriolic statement.
When he left Washington on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump denounced this procedure, deeming it “totally ridiculous” and claiming that it aroused “immense anger” across the United States.
And he stubbornly refused to admit any responsibility in the assault on Capitol Hill, deeming his speech to have been “quite appropriate”.
– “Complicity” of the republicans –
Monday evening, he had met Mike Pence in the Oval Office and the two men have apparently decided to make – for now – a united front against the Democrats.
As long as they do not remove him from power, the “complicity” of the Republicans with Donald Trump, will “endanger America”, thundered the powerful Democratic President of the House Nancy Pelosi on Monday.
The only real doubt that remains concerns the course, and the outcome, of the trial which must then take place in the Senate, today with a Republican majority.
Democrats will take control of the upper house on January 20 but will need the rallying of many Republicans to achieve the two-thirds majority necessary for his conviction.
A trial would also risk hampering legislative action by Democrats at the start of the Biden presidency, by monopolizing Senate sessions.
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in under high guard on January 20, right on the steps of the Capitol, seat of the US Congress.
Criticized for having delayed, last Wednesday, to send the National Guard, the Pentagon this time authorized the deployment of 15,000 soldiers for the inauguration ceremony.
“I’m not afraid” despite the risks of further pro-Trump protests, Joe Biden said on Monday.
He called for the prosecution of all those who were implicated in acts of “insurgency” on January 6, during the violence that left five dead and deeply shaken the country.
During his brief stop in Texas, Donald Trump praised the wall built on the border with Mexico at length.
“I kept my promises,” he said, referring to a 450-mile (725-kilometer) wall.
However, we are far, very far from the “great, magnificent” wall promised during the 2016 campaign.
Of this total, only about twenty kilometers corresponds to the construction of a physical barrier where none existed before. The rest corresponds to improvements and / or reinforcements of existing barriers.
And Mexico never paid for the wall, as the real estate mogul had promised.