Donald Trump has been accused of lying about his response to Wednesday's riots after he claimed that he had called up the National Guard to quell the unrest, when it was widely reported to have been Mike Pence who took control. After more than 24 hours of public silence since his supporters stormed the Capitol, Trump released a short video where he blasted the 'heinous' attack and called for national 'healing' and an 'orderly' and 'seamless' transition to a new administration. The new video - posted on Twitter after his suspension from the site was lifted - came as the death toll from Wednesday's rampage rose to five after a Capitol Police officer succumbed to his injuries in hospital last night. 'I'd like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol,' Trump said, in Thursday's video. 'Like all Americans I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem. 'I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders.
(Image: https://burst.shopifycdn.com/photos/cleaning-supply-bucket-over-grey.jpg?width=746&format=pjpg&exif=0&iptc=0)America is and must always be a nation of law and order.' His claim to have called up the National Guard was immediately disputed.
(Image: [[|]]) President Donald Trump released a short video where he blasted the 'heinous' attack and called for national 'healing' - and called for an 'orderly' and 'seamless' transition to a new administration (Image: [[|]]) Fox News' National Security Correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, tweeted: 'Trump in video says he "immediately ordered Nat'l Guard ...to secure the building & expel the intruders." NOT TRUE Trump was not on calls with DoD ordering Guard.
Pentagon relied on blanket permission to mobilize Guard from weekend conversations. Pence spoke to DoD from Hill.' CNN, NBC, The New York Times and others all reported that it was Pence, not Trump, who spoke to the Pentagon and called up the Guard. Kaitlan Collins, CNN's White House correspondent, tweeted: 'Trump did not immediately deploy the National Guard yesterday, as he claims in his video.
He initially resisted it, according to several people, as CNN, NYT and others reported.' NBC tweeted: 'In video tonight, Pres. Trump says he “immediately” deployed the National Guard. He had to be convinced to deploy the Guard, a person familiar with the matter says.
VP Pence was in contact with the Pentagon, and “encouraged a much more rapid deployment than what was occurring.' And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, member of the House representing New York, pointed to the Pentagon's statement about the deployment, which did not mention Trump but did say they had been in contact with Pence. As the fallout from Wednesday's carnage continued: Three people who died of 'medical emergencies' during the Capitol chaos were named as Benjamin Phillips, Kevin Greeson and Roseanne Boyland, while the dead police officer was named as Brian D. Sicknick Calls were growing to remove Trump from office before the end of his term, with Democratic House members circulating draft articles of impeachmentJoe Biden was among those to raise the issue of the 25th Amendment, which could be used by Mike Pence and the cabinet to declare Trump unfit for office and strip him of his powersFacebook locked Trump's account indefinitely, saying the ban would last at least until Biden takes office on January 20Former Attorney General Bill Barr said that 'orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable', having previously angered Trump by rejecting claims of voter fraudElaine Chao, the transportation secretary and wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, became the first member of Trump's cabinet to quit in protest at the violence White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany briefly appeared at her podium on Thursday evening, giving a statement in which she condemned the violence but did not acknowledge any responsibility on Trump's partWashington D.C, prosecutors say Trump is being investigated for inciting the riots while Lindsey Graham said if the president does one more thing he should be removed (Image: start) WASHINGTON: A crowd control fence was put up around Capitol Hill a day after the harrowing scenes in the U.S.
Congress which stunned the world and left America's place as a beacon of democracy in tatters
(Image: [[|]]) WASHINGTON: The DC National Guard keeps order outside the Capitol on Thursday amid a dispute over who had called it up at the height of the insurrection the previous day (Image: [[|]]) [[https://Dwell.com/collection/cleanzenhouston-2443cbbd|CHICAGO]]: Protesters gathered outside the city's Trump Tower on Thursday to condemn the previous day's 'fascist coup' (Image: [[|]]) NEW YORK: Demonstrators outside the Barclays Center called for Trump to become the first president to be impeached twice (Image: [[|]]) ORLANDO: A plane towed a banner calling for Trump to be impeached to 'protect democracy' in his remaining days in office (Image: [[|]]) BOSTON: Protesters on the steps of the State House call for Trump's removal following the shocking scenes on Wednesday (Image: [[|]]) (Image: [[|]]) (Image: [[|]]) (Image: [[|]])
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