Trump still poses a danger, House Democratic caucus chair says
House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) warned Sunday that President Donald Trump “may be in the Twitter penalty box” but still has access to the nuclear codes, following the deadly siege by pro-Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol last week.
“The goal at the present moment is to address the existential threat that Donald Trump presents at this time,” said Jeffries on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Every second, every minute, every hour that Donald Trump remains in office presents a danger to the American people. You know, Donald Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes. That’s a frightening prospect.”
Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, on Friday, arguing his use of it posed an unacceptable risk of violence — two days after his supporters’ rioted through the Capitol. The social media giant also permanently suspended the White House’s official @POTUS account.
The House is barreling toward Trump’s impeachment for his role in fomenting the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol.
“All of our efforts at the present moment are focused on his immediate removal,” Jeffries said Sunday. “That’s the right thing to do.”
“We have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on an out of control executive branch,” he added. “Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion.”