(PresidentialWire.com)- Former President Donald Trump expressed regret on Wednesday for not marching to the U.S. Capitol when his supporters went to the building in protest. He also defended his long silence during the attack by alleging that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others were to blame for the mounting tensions.
Trump said of the people storming the Capitol that it was a pity, and he kept wondering why she didn’t do something about it; why isn’t Nancy Pelosi taking action on this?
The former president said he kept thinking that the mayor of D.C. was in charge and he would take care of the rising tensions.
He said he despised witnessing the events, and it irritated him to see it. He believed they were taking care of it.
Trump denied deleting call logs or using burner phones, saying he didn’t recall receiving many phone calls that day.
As the Trump supporters marched to the Capitol, Trump watched television and made calls urging politicians to overturn the election. Legislators, family friends, and others finally convinced him to broadcast a video imploring his followers to return home.
Trump claimed he didn’t regret tweeting that it would “be wild!” if his supporters came to Washington. He also reminded reporters that he had advised supporters to remain patriotic and peaceful.
Trump said that his security detail prevented him from marching to the Capitol with his supporters and that he couldn’t go because the Secret Service told him he couldn’t.” “I would have gone there in a minute
Trump said he wanted to march to the Capitol with his supporters but was stopped by his security detail. “Secret Service said I couldn’t go. I would have gone there in a minute,” he said.
The former president praised the rally’s organizers. The crowd was far more significant than he had anticipated, and he believes it was the largest crowd he had ever addressed.
Despite a large gap in his White House phone logs, Trump maintained he had not erased any call logs from the afternoon of Jan. 6 and had not participated in any phone calls on “burner phones.” During that time, Trump said he spoke with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and others, but he couldn’t recall who he talked to or when.
From the standpoint of telephone calls, Trump says he doesn’t remember getting very many.
“Why would I care about who called me? If congressmen were calling me, what difference did it make? There was nothing secretive about it. There was no secret,” Trump explained.