John Kirby is ‘unaware’ of any violent threats related to Trump’s protest call
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Sunday there are no indications White House He is preparing for violent protests by supporters of Donald Trump after the former president said he expected to be arrested this week.
Trump called for protests In a social media post on Saturday, he alleged that “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office led him to believe he was going to be arrested.
Kirby addressed the situation during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” saying he was not aware of any potential violence related to the former president’s call for protests.
“We’re always monitoring the situation here as best we can,” Kirby said. “And obviously we don’t want to see any activity turn violent, certainly nothing to the extent that we saw on January 6th, but we’re watching this. We’ll of course be watching that very closely.
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“We want to see if there are protests of any kind on any issue or frankly, not to mention this, that they are peaceful,” he added.
When asked if he was concerned about security, Kirby replied, “I’m not aware of any indications that we’re preparing for that kind of activity, specifically, in relation to these comments. But we’re obviously working hand in hand with state authorities across the country.” We will continue to monitor this to the best of our ability.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is reportedly preparing to release a dossier An indictment regarding alleged hush money Payments made by Trump as a presidential candidate in 2016.
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Trump said on his Truth Social site Saturday morning that he expected to be arrested Tuesday, writing in part: “Protest, take back our home!”
Critics have accused Trump of inciting violence and compared his call to action to the January 3 Capitol riot. 6, 2021, when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol and temporarily halted the certification of President Biden’s election victory.