U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Vice President Mike Pence listen as President Donald Trump speaks about the government shutdown on January 25, 2019 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. – Trump says he will sign a government reopening bill by February 15.
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WASHINGTON – Members of President Donald Trump’s 23-member cabinet on Wednesday issued sharp reprimands against violence in the nation’s Capitol, forcing lawmakers to halt the process of declaring Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
However, officials stopped criticizing the president, who urged his supporters to take action.
Trump had encouraged thousands of supporters during a rally outside the White House to march to the Capitol to protest the historically ceremonial procedures. Trump returned to the White House after his speech and later said in a tweet video to supporters, “You have to go home now.”
“This was a fraudulent choice … but you have to go home,” Trump told the protesters, “We love you. You are very special” before finishing his remarks.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday evening, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the storming of the US Capitol as “unacceptable”.
“Lawlessness and unrest – here or around the world – are always unacceptable,” wrote the nation’s top diplomat.
“Let us quickly bring justice to the criminals involved in this unrest,” wrote Pompeo, adding, “America is better than what we saw today.”
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote in a statement: “The violence against our nation’s Capitol is an intolerable attack on a fundamental institution of our democracy.”
Earlier Wednesday, the Justice Department dispatched hundreds of law enforcement officers and agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and the US Marshal Service to quell protests.
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia called the unrest “a low point in the history of American democracy”.
Acting Secretary of the Homeland Security Department, Chad Wolf, also condemned the violent pamphlet that “no one has the right to attack a federal institution regardless of their motivation.”
He added that those involved in the riots should be held accountable for their actions.
The Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, also joined in calls for an end to violence in Washington.
“End this violence now. Violence is never an appropriate response, regardless of legitimate concern. Please remember, if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand,” Carson wrote.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wrote that he was “disgusted” by the violence that took place in the US Capitol.
“Physical violence and the desecration of this sacred symbol of our democracy must come to an end,” added Azar.
“Most importantly, you are all safe. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones,” wrote Azar in a subsequent tweet.
In a tweet on Wednesday evening, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote: “Violence is always unacceptable. We must respect our constitution and our democratic process.”
Similarly, Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote on Twitter that “violence is never the solution”.
“The eyes of American children and students – the emerging generation who will inherit the republic we are leaving – are watching what goes on in Washington today,” wrote Elisabeth DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, adding, “we need to give them a better one.” Give an example. “
“The disruption and violence must end, the law must be obeyed, and the work of the people must continue,” wrote DeVos.