President Donald Trump told a rally in Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday that the 25th Amendment poses “zero risk” to him but that it will “come back to haunt” President-elect Joe Biden.
“Millions of our citizens watched on Wednesday as a mob stormed the Capitol and trashed the halls of government. As I have consistently said throughout my administration, we believe in respecting America’s history and traditions, not tearing them down. We believe in the rule of law not in violence or rioting,” Trump stated.
“Now is the time for our nation to heal, and it’s time for peace and calm. respect for the law enforcement and the great people in law enforcement is the basis of the great MAGA agenda,” he added.
Earlier in his remarks, Trump appeared to address the possibility of invocation of the 25th Amendment by Vice President Mike Pence.
President Trump lashed out at lawmakers looking to pursue a second impeachment and warned that any effort to end his presidency early would be “dangerous” for the United States.
“Free speech is under assault like never before. The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration,” Trump told the crowd. “As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for.”
On Monday, House Democrats proposed a bill demanding that Vice President Mike Pence, with the help of the President’s Cabinet, invoke the 25th Amendment, essentially stripping Trump of the powers of the President’s office. If Pence declines, the House will vote on a single count of impeachment, also submitted on Monday, accusing the president of “inciting an insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol last week.
President Trump emphasized: “The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country.”
“It’s causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA,” he continued. “Especially at this very tender time.”
Just prior to closing his remarks, Trump stated that “the safety of our country must come before politics.”
President Trump touts border wall, warns of ‘calamity’ of potential illegal immigration
The rally in Alamo, Texas, along the United States’ southern border, was meant to focus on the Trump administration’s illegal immigration interdiction efforts. President Trump spoke mostly about the administration’s crackdown on border jumpers and asylum-seekers, and his efforts to build a wall across the southern U.S. border — efforts Biden has pledged to bring to a halt his first day in office.
Trump gave the remarks to a crowd near the wall after taking a brief tour of it. A border wall was among the earliest campaign promises touted by Trump when he announced his candidacy in 2015.
“When I took office, we inherited a broken, dysfunctional and open border,” Trump claimed during Tuesday’s address. “Everybody was pouring in at will.”
“In every region that we’ve built the wall,” he continued, “illegal crossings and drug smuggling have plummeted, absolutely plummeted.”
The president warned that a relaxation of his administration’s immigration policies—such as a re-instatement of the controversial policy known as “catch-and-release”—would “be an unmitigated calamity for national security, public safety and public health. It would destroy millions and millions of jobs and claim thousands of lives.”