WASHINGTON — Despite “clearly reckless” actions by President Donald Trump that incited a mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Sunday morning that Trump should not resign.
“It would be up to him, but my view would be what the president should do is now finish the last 10 days of his presidency,” Blunt said on "Face the Nation."
Blunt also said the president “should be very careful” over the next 10 days to exhibit the behavior expected of a leader of the U.S.
Hundreds of Trump’s supporters marched on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, leading to the building being locked down as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the Electoral College vote.
After rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, calls have grown for Trump to be impeached or removed under the 25th Amendment. House Democrats plan to introduce articles of impeachment Monday.
Blunt said impeachment “clearly is not going to happen” between now and when Trump leaves office. When asked if he believes Trump committed an impeachable offense, Blunt said “that’s not really the question.”
“Is there any likelihood that he could possibly be removed between now and January the 20th, and if there’s no additional ensuing event? My belief is there is no possibility of that,” Blunt said.
With the end of Trump’s term looming, Blunt said the focus should be more on the first day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Trump has said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration, making him the first president in 152 years to skip the swearing in of his successor.
Blunt, who chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said he hopes to see Vice President Mike Pence there and said he was proud to see Pence step up as Congress certified the results of the presidential election “and do what the law required us to.”
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri’s junior senator who has led the effort to object to the certification of the results, has also faced widespread calls to resign as prominent former backers have denounced him, with one of his major donors calling for the U.S. Senate to censure Hawley.
When asked if Hawley is complicit for continuing to push for a change in the election’s results, Blunt did not directly address the question, reiterating his stance that he did not support opposing the results.
“I wasn’t interested then or now in spending a lot of time on things that can’t happen,” Blunt said.
A majority of Missouri’s Republican delegation objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. Blunt, who was the first Republican member of Missouri’s congressional delegation to acknowledge Biden’s victory, and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner both opposed attempts to object to the certification.
Blunt also said he never thought he would see U.S. citizens storming the nation’s Capitol and that the impact of Wednesday’s mob will reverberate across the globe.
“But the signal around the world couldn’t have been more helpful to our adversaries than it was,” Blunt said. “It was a sad and terrible day in the history of the country.”
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