US President Donald Trump on Tuesday visits the Alamo, Texas, near the border with Mexico. During the visit, he is expected to highlight his administration’s efforts to combat illegal immigration.
This is the first public appearance by the president since last Wednesday, when he addressed a crowd of his supporters, saying that the presidential election results were rigged, and urged them to “fight”, after which demonstrators invaded the Capitol building.
Before heading to Texas, Trump told reporters that the move to impeach him was arousing great anger, adding that he “does not want violence.”
When asked if he was responsible for the attack on the Capitol, Trump said his words that day were “absolutely appropriate.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday continues efforts to remove the president from office.
Immigration was a major focus of Trump’s 2016 campaign, when he frequently called for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
By the end of his presidential term, about 700 km of the wall had been built, but most of the structures only replaced the previously existing barriers.
On the eve of Trump’s visit to Texas, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolfe abruptly resigned.
Ahead of Trump’s trip, human rights group Southern Poverty Law Center called for the visit to be canceled, saying it “would only exacerbate the damage and lead to further violence.”
“The border communities have resisted this administration’s sanctimonious plans for years. It is these communities, from San Diego to Brownsville, that have been victims of unthinkable violence fueled by the president’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and xenophobic policies, ”said Efren Olivares, deputy director of legal affairs at the SPLC.