- President Joe Biden is expected to blame his predecessor for the Capitol attack, the White House said.
- He can not call Donald Trump by name, but the reference will be clear, the White House said.
- Meanwhile, Trump recently canceled a press conference on January 6 at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
President Joe Biden is set to blame “the chaos and carnage” of the Capitol attack on his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, when he speaks publicly to Americans around January 6 on Thursday, the White House said.
“I would expect President Biden to account for the significance of what happened at the Capitol and the unique responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage we saw,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. press release Wednesday.
“And he will forcibly push back on the lie spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the American people and his own supporters, as well as distract from his role in what happened,” Psaki continued.
When asked if Biden would highlight Trump by name, Psaki said the speech was still ongoing, but added that “people want to know who he is referring to.”
The Capitol uprising of January 6, 2021 left five dead after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building while Congress was in session.
A two-part House committee set up to investigate the attack has sought to determine the exact role that Trump and his allies played in the siege. The former president called on his supporters that day to “peacefully” march on the Capitol, but also told the participants: “If you do not fight like hell, you will not have a country anymore.”
Psaki said Biden has been “clear-eyed” about the “threat the former president represents to our democracy and how the former president is constantly working to undermine fundamental American values and the rule of law.”
The president, she added, has repeatedly said that Trump “abused his office, undermined the constitution and ignored his oath to the American people in an attempt to gather more power for himself and his allies.”
Trump, who abruptly canceled a press conference scheduled for the anniversary of the attack on Tuesday, has regularly dismissed the House committee on Jan. 6 as an “unelected committee.”
The former president blamed the cancellation for what he said was the “total bias and dishonesty of January 6. The Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans and Fake News Media,” plans instead to make its public remarks on January 15 by a meeting. in Arizona.