U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks from the Marine One to board Air Force One and depart Washington on travel to visit the U.S.-Mexico border Wall in Texas, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Trump says impeachment moves causing anger, but "I want no violence"

By Reuters | Posted - Jan. 12, 2021 at 5:45 p.m.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump, under pressure by some to resign after his supporters carried out a deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol last week, said there was tremendous anger about moves to impeach him but added he did not want violence.

"I want no violence," Trump told reporters as he left for a trip to the border wall in Alamo, Texas.

In his first remarks to reporters since Dec. 8, the embattled Republican president did not answer a question about whether he would resign.

He criticized impeachment moves by Democratic lawmakers.

"This impeachment is causing tremendous anger and they're doing it, and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing," Trump said. He added that the move to impeach him, on a charge of inciting insurrection over the Capitol attack, was a continuation of the "witch hunt" against him.

Trump would become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice if the House of Representatives votes in favor of impeachment on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal, Steve Holland, Jeff Mason; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Howard Goller)

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