White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried on Thursday to distance President Donald Trump’s administration from riots at the Capitol, even though the president had encouraged his followers to move on the building the previous day.
“Those who violently besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything that this administration stands for,” McEnany said in a televised statement on Thursday afternoon. “The core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live in safety, peace, and freedom.”
McEnany’s comments come after members of both parties strongly denounced Trump for inciting the violent protesters who broke into the Capitol on Wednesday. Members of Congress and Trump’s Cabinet voiced their discontent by calling for the president’s removal from office through impeachment or the 25th Amendment. A number of administration officials, including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, have resigned. Trump was also barred from posting on a number of social media platforms after they determined that his messages during and following the break-in encouraged further violence.
McEnany also said the president was committed to a safe and orderly transition of power, despite his monthslong attack on the legitimacy of the 2020 elections. She did not take questions from reporters after her brief statement.
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