President Donald Trump has released a video condemning the violent insurrection he fomented at the Capitol last week, saying he was “shocked and deeply saddened by the calamity.”
The video was released Wednesday after he was impeached by the House for a record second time, this time with Republican votes.
Trump made no reference to becoming the first president in the nation’s history to be impeached twice.
But the president called on his supporters to remain peaceful amid concerns about additional violence in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump said: “I want to be very clear: I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week.”
He added, “Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country” and “no true supporter” of his “could ever endorse political violence.”
And said in light of reporting that “additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days,” he has “directed federal agencies to use all necessary resources to maintain order in Washington, D.C.,” including bringing in thousands of National Guard members.
He appealed to all of those who have “ever believed in” his movement, “to be thinking of ways to ease tensions, calm tempers and help to promote peace in our country.”
The president also slammed what he called the “unprecedented assault on free speech” in the U.S., saying, “what is needed now is for us to listen to one another, not to silence one another.”
Trump’s video was released at the same time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed the articles of impeachment against him.
Photos earlier Wednesday showed hundreds of National Guard members are holding inside the Capitol Visitor’s Center Wednesday to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington.
Security is exceptionally tight at the Capitol, with secure perimeters set up and metal-detector screenings required for lawmakers entering the House chamber.
Source: NewsNet | Trump Condemns Violent Capitol Riot And Urges Calm