The president broke his silence for the first time since the siege, claiming that impeachment was not a risk for him.
“The 25th Amendment has no risk to me, but we will come back to go after Joe Biden and the Biden administration,” he said.
“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most cruel witch hunt in our country’s history and is causing tremendous anger, division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for America tender weather “.
Aides have been urging the president instead to use his remaining days in office to highlight what they see as the main achievements of his presidency: a massive tax cut, his efforts to roll back federal regulations. and the transformation of the federal courts with the appointment. conservative judges.
But Trump has repeatedly resisted their efforts while sitting in the White House, behind closed doors, consumed by unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and conspiracies.
Trump is ready to highlight his administration’s efforts to curb illegal immigration and the progress made on his 2016 campaign promise: to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border, a towering structure made of concrete and reinforced steel.
Over time, Trump demanded modifications that have largely been rejected:
He wanted them to paint it black to burn the hands of those who touched it; I wanted it adorned with deadly spikes; I even wanted to surround it with a moat full of alligators.
Most of them were killed, but the mission became a symbol of resistance for Texans, who eventually defeated the Mexican army.
Ultimately, his administration has overseen the construction of roughly 450 miles of border wall construction, likely to reach 475 miles by Inauguration Day.
The vast majority of that wall replaces the smaller barriers that already existed, although the new wall is considerably more difficult to get around.
Over the past four years, Trump and his administration have taken extreme, and often illegal, measures to try to curb both illegal and legal immigration.
But the number of people who stopped trying to cross the southern border illegally has risen in recent months.
Figures for December show nearly 74,000 encounters on the southwest border, 3 percent more than in November and 81 percent more than the previous year.
President-elect Joe Biden has said he will stop construction of the border wall and take executive action where possible to reverse some of Trump’s restrictions on legal immigration and asylum seekers.
But Biden and his aides have recognized the possibility of a new crisis on the border if they act too quickly, and Biden has said it could take his administration six months to get funding and put in place the infrastructure needed to relax Trump. restrictions of the era.
He abruptly resigned on Monday, days after he pledged to serve Trump’s full term.
After the Capitol violence, groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center urged Trump to suspend his visit.
“The violence that Trump incited last week and the violence that his anti-immigrant policies provoke stem from the alarming incorporation of the white nationalist ideology that our country must confront and fight to uproot,” said Efrén Olivares, deputy legal director of the Immigrant Justice Project of the center. . , said.
“The president’s planned trip to the border will only increase the damage and generate more violence.”