Trump condemns Capitol attack in 1st message after impeachment; Biden blames Trump
US President Donald Trump has said he “unequivocally” condemns last week’s attack on the US Capitol by his supporters, hours after he was impeached for "incitement of insurrection.”
Trump, stripped of Twitter, posted a video on official White House account on Wednesday, saying that it was not his “true supporter” who attacked the Capitol building last Wednesday as the chamber was debating the counting of Electoral College's votes.
“I want to be very clear; I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week,” Trump said.
“Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement," he said in his first remarks since the House of Representatives voted to impeach him for the second time,” he added.
Trump had earlier encouraged his supporters to "be wild," and “fight like hell…to take back our county.”
According to Press TV, he said in the latest video that there “is never a justification for violence. No excuses, no exceptions: America is a nation of laws.”
The outgoing president called on his supporters to remain peaceful, as the nation is concerned over further unrest ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.
Trump said that people need to “overcome the passions of the moment and join together as one American people.”
He released the video at the same time that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was signing the article of impeachment against him that her chamber passed earlier in the day.
The article now will go to the Senate for an impeachment trial.
The president, however, made no mention of the impeachment, which makes him the only US president impeached twice.