The president’s statement was first issued to Fox News and then distributed to reporters through the White House press office.
At the same time, the President of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, issued a similar statement condemning acts of violence.
“Violence has no place in our politics. Period, ”said McDaniel. “I fully condemned the senseless acts of violence of the past week and I strongly urge the demand to remain peaceful in the coming weeks.”
In particular, neither Trump nor McDaniel’s messages mentioned the House impeachment trial that was in progress at the time of their release.
However, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) read the president’s statement on the floor of the house as he and other GOP lawmakers defended Trump against the impeachment order, which accused him of instigating last week’s Capitol riot.
Trump stands ready to become the first president in American history to be tried twice on Wednesday. At least six House Republicans join the Democrats in reprimanding him a second time.
The most prominent of the GOP lawmakers in support of impeachment is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), The House’s third-tier Republican.
Until his statement was published, it was unclear how Trump – whose Twitter account was permanently banned last week – would weigh on the impeachment proceedings on Wednesday or whether he would comment at all.
Trump and McDaniel’s testimony comes from the fact that tensions in the Capitol remained high following the siege of the building by pro-Trump rioters last week, and at least five people were killed – including a Capitol police officer.
On Monday, the Capitol Police and other officials warned House Democrats in a briefing of several conspiracies designed to harm lawmakers.
A key group of House Democratic leaders met separately with the FBI on Tuesday, and the senators were briefed by Intelligence, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
Meanwhile, lawmakers’ confidence is rapidly deteriorating – some of them have suggested that their colleagues may have favored the Capitol siege last week.
Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, thousands of National Guardsmen were deployed to protect the Capitol from civil unrest. Numerous troops were stationed in the building on Wednesday.