Donald Trump’s closest political allies have closed ranks to ‘shut down’ the US President during his final ten days in office, it has emerged, amid fears he is going ‘rogue’.
Vice President Mike Pence has assumed control of Mr Trump’s cabinet and is ‘acting as if he is no longer President’, one former aide said.
The source added: ‘Allies and foes alike have united to ensure the President doesn’t go completely rogue during his final days in office. He has effectively been shut down. The cabinet are going about their duties to ensure the safety of the country and a smooth transition of power to Joe Biden.’ The move to neuter Mr Trump comes after five of the most turbulent days in US history, which began on Wednesday when he riled supporters into storming the US Capitol.
Donald Trump’s closest political allies have closed ranks to ‘shut down’ the US President during his final ten days in office, it has emerged, amid fears he is going ‘rogue’
With just ten days to go until the inauguration of Mr Biden:
- Twitter’s ban on Mr Trump has left him ‘apoplectic with rage’ and threatening to set up his own social media platform.
- Impeachment proceedings will start tomorrow. If successful, they could prevent him holding political office again.
- He plans a ‘come-back’ this week with visits to the Mexico border wall and interviews touting his accomplishments.
- Extremists are vowing to march on Washington DC to disrupt the January 20 inauguration with violent protests.
The rioting left five dead and drew global condemnation. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will start impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump tomorrow for ‘incitement of insurrection’, making him the first president to be impeached twice. Last week, she called the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the head of the military – ‘to discuss precautions’ to stop Mr Trump starting a war or accessing nuclear launch codes. She said: ‘This unhinged president could not be more dangerous.’
The rioting left five dead and drew global condemnation. Pictured: Trump supporters storm the US Capitol
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has insisted it is ‘impossible’ for Mr Trump to launch an attack single-handedly. The source said: ‘Should any orders be issued by the President that are deemed dangerous or unlawful, those orders will not be acted on.’
During Mr Trump’s planned trip to the border wall in Texas, he will hold a rally and address supporters, many of whom continue to call for violence.
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks hate groups, said: ‘These far-Right extremists… feel emboldened in this moment. We fully expect this violence could get worse before it gets better.’
Additional reporting by Sharon Churcher in New York.