During a recent interview on AP News’s “Meet the Press,” former President Donald Trump delved into a range of topics, offering intriguing insights into his perspective on the Capitol riot, his legal challenges, and his stance on critical policy issues.
According to the Los Angeles Times in a report on Sunday, September 17, 2023, former President Trump was repeatedly questioned about his actions during the infamous Capitol riot on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
When asked if he watched the attack unfold on television, he cryptically responded, “I’m not going to tell you. I’ll tell people later at an appropriate time.”
Trump’s former aides have disclosed that he observed the events from a room adjacent to the Oval Office, occasionally reviewing footage.
This intriguing secrecy leaves us wondering what revelations may come in the future.
Another aspect of the interview that garnered attention was Trump’s refusal to disclose whom he called during the riot.
His response to this line of inquiry was a terse, “Why would I tell you that?”
The shroud of mystery around these phone calls further deepens the intrigue surrounding this tumultuous day in American history.
Trump hinted at the possibility of pardoning some of the rioters facing federal charges for their involvement in the Capitol breach.
Over 1,000 individuals have been charged in connection to the riot, with more than 600 pleading guilty or convicted.
Trump’s contemplation of pardons adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing legal aftermath of the attack.
The former president currently faces a staggering 91 criminal charges across four federal and state cases.
These charges span from attempts to overturn the 2020 election results to allegations of mishandling classified documents and hush-money payments.
Despite these legal challenges, Trump expressed no fear of incarceration, stating, “I don’t really. I don’t even think about it.”
Trump’s reliance on external allies, rather than White House attorneys, during his campaign to overturn the election, raised questions.
When asked about this decision, he candidly remarked, “I didn’t respect them.”
Instead, he emphasized his faith in his instincts and the counsel of “different people” who shared his views on the alleged election rigging.
Trump’s interview also touched on foreign policy, particularly his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He welcomed Putin’s praise for his potential role in negotiating an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Trump reiterated his assertion of a “good” relationship with Putin and denied any concessions that would favor Russia in a hypothetical deal.
Lastly, Trump commented on his stance regarding abortion, particularly in response to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
He criticized the move as a “terrible mistake” but expressed indifference about whether abortion issues were decided at the federal or state level.
This position aligns with the recent Supreme Court decision that devolved the issue to individual states.