Former President Donald Trump was recently interviewed by Kristen Welker on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where the discussion largely revolved around his actions and responses during the Capitol riot that occurred on January 6, 2021.
Trump was hesitant to share explicit details concerning his movements and actions as the events at the Capitol began. Upon being pressed about his reactions when the Capitol faced the attack, Trump cited the statements he gave from the Oval Office and the video message he subsequently released.
In this video, Trump advised individuals at the Capitol to depart and show reverence to law enforcement officers. Nonetheless, he took the opportunity to underline his stance on the 2020 election results, asserting, “This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people.”
Interviewer Kristen Welker highlighted the delay in Trump’s video message, which was aired a few hours after the inception of the Capitol’s attack. Seeking clarity, she asked, “That was four o’clock in the afternoon, three hours after the attack started. I want to know who you called on that day.”
Not answering directly, Trump shifted focus to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He indicated that Pelosi was responsible for the Capitol’s security, mentioning, “Frankly, just so you understand, I assumed that she took care of it.”
Throughout the interview, Trump avoided going into the specifics of his activities on January 6, remarking, “I’m not going to tell you anything. I behaved so well. I did such a good job.”
Trump’s comments have been met with various reactions, with individuals like Republican Chris Christie emphasizing that Trump could have responded more adequately to the Capitol riot events.