Donald Trump is on his first outing since the violence on Capitol Hill. The incumbent US president will visit Texas on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, clearly signaling his desire to stay in the White House until the end of his term, despite pressure from Congressional Democrats who demand his immediate departure. In the turmoil eight days before the handover, he met Monday evening his vice-president Mike Pence who apparently decided to make – for now – a common front with him against the Democrats, rejecting the appeals to dismiss him from his duties with the 25e amendment of the Constitution.
The US president’s departure for Alamo, in south Texas, is scheduled for 10 a.m. (3 p.m. GMT), but the White House has remained particularly discreet on the day’s program in this large state bordering Mexico. The objective of this trip according to the executive? “Mark the completion of more than 400 miles [640 km] border wall – promise made, promise kept – and showcase his government’s efforts to reform a dysfunctional immigration system. “We are far, very far from the” great, magnificent “wall promised by Donald Trump in campaign in 2016. Of this total, only twenty kilometers correspond to the construction of a wall where there was no physical barrier before. The rest corresponds to improvements and / or reinforcements of existing barriers.
United States and Mexico on the verge of breaking up?
In Washington, a procedure that would go down in history is being prepared, and could jeopardize the possible political future of Donald Trump. He could indeed become the first US president to be twice impeached in Congress in impeachment proceedings. The House will consider the indictment on Wednesday and is expected to vote on that same day.
“Second impeachment procedure”
Supported by a vast number of Democrats, and with possible support from Republicans, it should be easily adopted. This vote will mark the formal opening of the second impeachment procedure against the American president. But the doubt remains on the course, and the outcome, of the trial which will then have to take place in the Senate, today with a Republican majority. Democrats will take control of the upper house on January 20, but will need the rallying of many Republicans to achieve the two-thirds majority needed for his conviction. A lawsuit would also risk hampering legislative action by Democrats at the start of the Biden presidency, by monopolizing Senate sessions.
At the same time, Democrats want to approve a resolution Tuesday evening calling on Vice President Mike Pence to remove the president from office. As long as they do not remove him from power, the “complicity” of the Republicans with Donald Trump will “endanger America”, thundered the powerful Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Monday. Accusing the tenant of the White House of having “incited a murderous insurgency”, she reiterated her ultimatum to Mike Pence to respond “within 24 hours” in the House, after the adoption of this resolution.
Republicans undermined by their Faustian pact with Donald Trump
Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what he should have done to protect our country
With his Monday night meeting in the Oval Office, Mike Pence made it clear that he would not go down that route. The face-to-face meeting between the two men marks a spectacular turnaround as their relations had been strained since January 6. Despite pressure from the tenant of the White House, Mike Pence announced that day in a letter that he would not oppose the validation of the presidential election results before Congress, sparking the fury of the president and of its supporters. “Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what he should have done to protect our country and our Constitution,” Donald Trump tweeted, as a horde of his supporters invaded the Capitol.
Videos posted on social media showed a compact crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence” outside the Capitol. President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in under high guard on January 20, right on the steps of the Capitol, seat of the US Congress. Criticized for having delayed, last Wednesday, to send the National Guard, the Pentagon this time authorized the deployment of 15,000 soldiers for the inauguration ceremony. “I’m not afraid” despite the risks of further pro-Trump protests, the Democrat said on Monday. He called for the prosecution of all those who were implicated in acts of “insurgency” last Wednesday, during the violence that left five dead and deeply shaken the country.
The incredible images of pro-Trump taking over Capitol Hill