At an event in Alamo, Tex., on Tuesday afternoon, Trump warned Democrats not to press for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, declaring that such a move would “come back to haunt” Biden.
“The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration,” Trump said. “As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for.”
The president’s remarks came hours after a House Rules Committee debate over a resolution that urges Vice President Pence to seek Trump’s removal from office under the 25th Amendment.
The full House is expected to pass the measure Tuesday night.
Shortly before beginning his remarks, Trump signed a “Donald Trump” plaque mounted at the bottom of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. He toured the wall with local Customs and Border Protection agents.
Trump continued to pressure Democrats not to impeach him for a second time, claiming that such a move would further divide the country.
“The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country and is causing tremendous anger and division and pain, far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the U.S.A., especially at this very tender time,” Trump said.
And he mentioned last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol, noting that “millions of our citizens watched on Wednesday as a mob stormed the Capitol and trashed the halls of government.”
“As I have consistently said throughout my administration, we believe in respecting America’s history and traditions, not tearing them down. We believe in the rule of law, not in violence or rioting,” Trump said, adding: “Respect for law enforcement and the great people within law enforcement … is the foundation of the MAGA agenda.”
Videos of last week’s siege show rioters attacking law enforcement officers. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick died of injuries sustained while fighting off the mob, and dozens of other officers were beaten and injured.
Trump spent the remainder of his speech touting the $15 billion border wall and taking aim at migrants who have joined caravans headed toward the United States.
“Change the name from the ‘caravans,’ which I think we came up with, to the ‘gravy train,’ because that’s what they’re looking for — looking for the gravy,” Trump said.