National business group calls on Cabinet to consider removing Trump from office
US business leaders denounced Donald Trump for inciting supporters who attacked the US Capitol. The head of the National Association of Manufacturers said Vice President Mike Pence should seriously consider working with the cabinet to remove the president from office.
Jay Timmons, leader of the lobby group that supported many of Trump’s initiatives, said the prospect of invoking the 25th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to shorten Trump’s remaining terms in office. President-elect Joe Biden is due to take office on January 20.
“Throughout this disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered by members of his own party, adding to the suspicion that has sparked violent anger,” Timmons said in a statement today. “This is not a law or an order. This is chaos. It’s mob rule. It is dangerous. This is turmoil and should be treated as such. “
The 25th amendment describes a process by which a president “who is unable to perform the powers and duties of his office” can be removed and replaced by the vice-president.
Other corporate groups and leaders condemned the riot as law enforcement regained control of the Capitol on Wednesday night.
Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., called for an end to the violence at the Capitol.
While not singling out Trump by name, he said, “Our elected leaders have a responsibility to demand an end to the violence, to accept the results, and, as our democracy has done for hundreds of years, to support the peaceful transfer of power. ”
Similarly, BlackRock Inc. CEO Larry Fink condemned “the violence in our Capitol today.”
“The peaceful transfer of power is the foundation of our democracy,” said Fink in a statement. “We are who we are as a nation because of our democratic institutions and processes.”
Charles Scharf, CEO of Wells Fargo & Co., called for “an immediate end to this violence. We must begin the peaceful transfer of power to elected President Biden, a hallmark of our republic, ”he said in a statement.
The Business Roundtable, a lobby group for top executives, urged Trump and “all relevant officials to put an end to the chaos and facilitate the peaceful transfer of power”.
“The chaos in the nation’s capital is the result of unlawful efforts to undo the legitimate results of a democratic election,” the group said. “The country deserves better.”
Tom Donohue, CEO of the powerful US Chamber of Commerce, said Congress “should meet again tonight to conclude its constitutional responsibility for adopting the Electoral College report”.
Hours after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, the president posted a short video praising their embrace of his false allegations of electoral fraud but urging them to “go home.”
Pence, who was escorted out of the building in his role in overseeing certification, tweeted, “The violence and destruction in the US Capitol must stop and it must stop now.”