January 12, 2021 6:50 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The outgoing US president, Donald Trump, said Tuesday that there is “zero risk” that his cabinet will be removed under the process established in the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, and denounced the “assault on freedom of expression” that has been looming over him and his followers after the attack on the Capitol.
In a speech during his visit to the wall on the border with Mexico, Trump referred for the first time to the requests of the Democratic opposition that his vice president, Mike Pence, initiate a process to remove him under that constitutional amendment.
“Amendment 25 is zero risk to me, but it will take its toll on (President-elect) Joe Biden and his Administration. As the expression says, be careful what you wish for,” Trump said, without clarifying what he meant, given that Biden has not come to explicitly request that this mechanism be activated.
The lower house plans to pass a bill on Tuesday that will urge Pence to activate that amendment.
It indicates that the vice president can replace the president if he declares in writing that the president “is incapable” of holding the position. Pence would also need the support of the majority of the Cabinet.
However, Pence it has refused to put that mechanism in place and is unlikely to do so before 20 January.
In his statements in the border town of Alamo (Texas), Trump again referred to the “impeachment” initiated by the Democrats.
Trump denounces unprecedented assault
“(The impeachment process) is causing tremendous anger, division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the United States, especially at this delicate time.” Trump said.
The Lower House is scheduled to vote on Wednesday to formally accuse Trump of “inciting an insurrection” from his followers. This will force the Senate to subject him to a second impeachment trial that will take place once Biden is in office.
The outgoing president called for the country to move towards “peace,” but once again inflamed the tensions generated by his suspension from Twitter.
“Freedom of expression is under unprecedented assault,” denounced the outgoing president.
Trump defined as a “mob” those followers of his who stormed the Capitol and affirmed that he does not believe in “bringing down” the institutions of the country. However, on the day of the siege he called them “very special people.”
“We believe in legality, not in violence or riots,” the president added.
Trump has sent all kinds of mixed messages about those responsible for the assault on the Capitol since the event.