If elected president, will free ‘hostages’ of US Capitol Hill riots: Donald Trump

Former US President Donald Trump said on Monday (local time) that if he is re-elected, one of his ‘first acts’ would be to close the border between the US and Mexico. He also said he would release suspects jailed in connection with the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

The 77-year-old Republican leader has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration if elected to a second four-year term in office. During the first term between 2016 and 2020, the Trump administration erected new barriers at the US-Mexico border.

“My first act as your next President will be to close the border, drill, baby, drill, and free the hostages wrongly imprisoned on January 6th!” he wrote on his Truth social platform.

On January 6, 2021, thousands of people stormed the U.S. Capitol after Trump gave a speech to his supporters in which he falsely claimed that the 2020 presidential election results, which Democrat Joe Biden won, was a “fraud”. .

Hundreds of people have been jailed on charges of rioting, illegal behavior and misconduct.

Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court has set April 25 as the date when it will hear Trump’s claim of presidential immunity from prosecution on charges related to efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election, news agency Reuters reported.

Trump, the first former president to face criminal charges, is poised to become the Republican nominee to challenge Biden in the November 5 election.

The former president has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges related to his actions in the Capitol riot.

published by:

Pratik Chakraborty

Published on:

March 12, 2024

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