President Trump says he won’t be attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in two weeks. He made the announcement in one Tweet Friday as lawmakers ponder ways to remove the president from office after a violent crowd of his supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
The House could open impeachment proceedings against the president as early as next week if Mr Trump’s cabinet and Vice President Mike Pence fail to act to remove him from office, according to Democratic leaders. The House Democrats are calling on Friday afternoon to discuss the impeachment.
In a video released Thursday night after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer, and at least one Republican called Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Mr Trump the president agrees that a new government would take power on January 20th.
“My focus now is on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power,” the president said in a video he tweeted. “This moment requires healing and reconciliation.”
Mr Trump was left on Twitter after being temporarily banned. But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would forbid Mr. Trump to use Facebook or Instagram for the rest of his presidency.
“The shocking events of the past 24 hours clearly show that President Donald Trump wants to use his remaining term in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transfer of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, two members of Mr Trump’s cabinet resigned a few days before the end of his term, citing the siege of the Capitol, and several other White House officials resigned from their jobs.