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Trump jokes about abusing his power in an eventual return to the White House

Trump jokes about abusing his power in an eventual return to the White House

Former US President Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner in the presidential primaries, joked about the possibility of abusing his power and refused to rule out retaliation against his political opponents if he returned to the White House after the 2024 elections.

In a televised event on the Fox News channel, Trump sardonically assured, during a conversation with host Sean Hannity, that he would not be “a dictator” except for the first day of an eventual second term as US head of state.

“You say ‘he’s not going to be a dictator, is he?’… I say, no, no, no. Apart from the first day. We will be closing the border and we will be drilling, drilling, drilling. After that, I will not be a dictator,” said the former president in reference to his proposals against migration and his position in favor of oil companies.

Trump maintains a wide lead in the polls over his Republican opponents, 61% according to RealClearPoliticscompared to 13.5% and 10.3% of his closest competitors, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, respectively.

However, between the Republican Party itself raises questions in the face of his violent rhetoric and his promise to use the Department of Justice against his political enemies, for what he calls a legal “witch hunt” against him. Trump faces dozens of charges against him in federal and state proceedings, something unprecedented for a former president in the history of the United States.

In the midst of all this, President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic candidate in the 2024 elections, said he could have been content to serve a single term but ran a second time only to defeat Trump again and prevent him from returning to power.

“He is participating and I have to participate,” said Biden, who described Trump as an existential threat to American democracy.

The latest polls reveal that Biden, who turned 81 last month, has just 37% approval and that most Democrats would prefer to have another candidate in the 2024 election.

Asked if he would drop out of the race if Trump does, the president responded: “No, not now.”

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors charged Donald Trump on Tuesday to lie for a long time about the election and encouraging violence, saying he “sent” his supporters to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to try to block the results of the election, in which he lost the presidency to Joe Biden.

Prosecutors say they will present evidence of these acts in the criminal trial for electoral obstruction against the former president, which is scheduled to begin in March in Washington, DC.

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Source: VOA Espanol

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