US President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning to President-Elect Joe Biden a week before his inauguration.
Speaking during a visit to Alamo in the US state of Texas, Trump addressed calls for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare the president unable to serve.
While Pence is not expected to take any such action, the House would next move swiftly to impeach Trump.
The President told reporters “free speech was under assault like never before”. He stressed he did not fear the 25th Amendment and issued a veiled threat targeted at Biden.
“The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me. It will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden Administration,” he said.
“As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for.”
Trump’s conspiracy theory claims slapped down
He made the claims even though clear video and documentary evidence exists showing the rioters were overwhelmingly his supporters, Axios reported.
Trump made the remark in a 30-minute-plus phone call on Monday morning with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Axios reported, citing a White House official and another source familiar with the call.
However, McCarthy told Trump in the call, which according to Axios was tense and aggressive at times, "It's not Antifa, it's MAGA. I know. I was there”.
McCarthy also advised Trump to call Biden, meet with the president-elect and leave a welcome letter in the Resolute Desk for his successor, according to the report.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment and a representative of McCarthy was not immediately available for comment.
The storming of the Capitol building last week by Trump supporters delayed the certification of Biden's election victory.
Trump, who has without evidence challenged the validity of Biden's election win, initially praised his supporters but later condemned the violence.
Lawmakers were forced to flee as the building was mobbed by the president's supporters, who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including one Capitol Police officer who was beaten as he tried to ward off the crowds.
Do you have a story tip? Email: email@example.com.