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ABC News has new audio of former President Donald Trump saying that he wanted to go to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and that he “would’ve been very well received,” but the U.S. Secret Service would not let him.
On March 18, 2021, just over two months after the Capitol riot, Trump talked to Jonathan Karl, the chief Washington correspondent for ABC News. Trump said, “If you look at the real size of that crowd, it was never reported correctly. There were—it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever spoken in front of, by far. By far.”
Trump explicitly stated that he wanted to be taken to the Capitol to “stop the problem,” which appears to suggest that he wanted to speak out against rioting and violence.
After Karl said, “You told them you were going to go up to the Capitol, ” Trump replied:
I was going to and then Secret Service said you can’t, and then by the time— I would have, and then when I get back, I saw— I wanted to go back. I was thinking about going back during the problem to stop the problem, doing it myself. Secret Service didn’t like that…
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