Washington – Amid calls for his overthrow and growls to invoke 25th Amendment to the Constitution Attack on the US CapitolPresident Trump plans to resume some official duties this week, including diplomatic liaison, transition activities and a planned trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, a senior administrator confirmed to CBS News.
As of Saturday, the plan remained for the government to “ride out” the remaining 10 days of Mr. Trump’s tumultuous presidency. Three administrative sources tell CBS News that Mr. Trump does not plan to resignHe also feels no pressure to do so. No plan to call that up 25th amendment Vice President Mike Pence was officially introduced and removed by the Cabinet Impeachment proceedings is not considered a viable option.
However, the prospect of a second impeachment is frustrating for the president, who, according to sources, has been discussing it with allies outside the White House in recent days.
After the attack, Mr. Trump gave the silent treatment to his most reverent ally: pence.
It has been almost four days since Pence fled to a bunker in the Capitol on Wednesday to protect him from a pro-Trump mob, some of whom sang “Hang Mike Pence”.
While Pence sought refuge in that bunker, the president did not call the vice president to check his family’s safety, according to a source close to the vice president. The two have not spoken since Wednesday. The president has said nothing in public to take the target off Pence’s back, a silence that hurts even Trump’s most loyal allies.
The president’s final public comment about his longtime vice president was a hate tweet released during the attack on Wednesday in which Mr Trump further propagated it wrong idea that Pence could upset the election results instead of confirming them.
Sources tell CBS News that Mr. Trump has privately acknowledged that the Vice President got a “bad deal”. Still, the president takes no responsibility for the January 6 violence, nor the underlying fact that the election was legitimate, certification was inevitable, and Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Peter Navarro and others were completely wrong in telling him that pence could take a different course of action.
A number of close Trump advisers are calling on the president to make some public remarks in the coming days. The substance of what he could say is unclear.
The public will see the president for the first time since Monday’s riot, with remarks about Big Tech “canceling” him after being permanent banned on Twitter and various other social media platforms. Mr. Trump will then appear at the border in Texas on Tuesday, a senior administration official confirmed, and he will re-establish contact with Cabinet Secretaries. He is scheduled to work with the Pentagon and Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller on unspecified “transition issues”.
It is also planned that Mr. Trump will complete some final “follow-up to the Abraham Accords” September agreement Formalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf states. This diplomatic initiative is likely to involve son-in-law Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has just returned from Israel, and possibly some foreign heads of state and government. The contact with Mnuchin is remarkable, especially since he openly discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment earlier this week with staff, as reported by CBS News.
While Trump administration officials have been largely silent this weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Vice President are expected to make public statements as early as Monday. White House officials are well aware that foreign adversaries are using the violence in the US for propaganda purposes, and the national security team is monitoring potential threats. No senior national security officials are expected to step down, as CBS News reported Thursday.
CNN has reported White House attorney Pat Cipollone considered resigning. He stayed at work from Saturday.
CBS News’ Arden Farhi contributed to the coverage.