Donald J. Trump abruptly canceled a press conference Tuesday night he had scheduled at his Mar-a-Lago resort to mark the one-year anniversary of the United States Capitol’s breakthrough.
Trump’s first decision on Dec. 30 to backfire on commemorative events to be held on Capitol Hill sparked immediate concern among Republicans and allies, who questioned the wisdom of his grasping the limelight for himself and said it would be an unnecessary and harmful distraction.
Republicans, including Mr. Trump in a statement on Tuesday, have tried to divert attention from the fact that it was the former president’s supporters who turned violent as they tried to delay certification of the 2020 election, and to call House Speaker Falsely blaming Nancy Pelosi. for the violence.
Trump’s encouraging speech to supporters on January 6, delivered shortly before the riots, was the focus of his second impeachment by the Democrat-led House of Representatives. He was acquitted by the Senate when it failed to reach a two-thirds majority to convict him of “inciting insurrection.”
In his statement, Mr. Trump criticized both the media and the House’s ongoing investigation into the Capitol attack for its cancellation, but said he would “discuss many of those important topics” at a meeting he held on Jan. 15 in Arizona. plant. .
According to people familiar with the matter, it has become clear in recent days that Mr. Trump’s press conference was unlikely to receive the kind of general cable coverage he generally desires, and some advisers urged the former president to provide a day that would draw less attention to a low point of his presidency.
Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduled to speak on Thursday, and Speaker Pelosi told lawmakers in a letter last week that there would be a full day of events, including a prayer vigil on the Capitol steps in the early morning. evening.
“These events are intended as a celebration of reflection, remembrance and renewed commitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism and prayer,” she wrote.
Maggie Haberman reporting contributed.