President Trump denounced Democrats’ impeachment push as a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt” in history as he left the White House for the first time since his supporters stormed the Capitol last week.
Aides have painted a picture of an embattled president fuming in private at new efforts to force him from power.
He has not been seen in public since last Wednesday, when he called on supporters to march on Congress, but left the White House on Tuesday morning for a trip to the border in Texas and a chance to tout work on his wall with Mexico.
He spoke briefly to reporters to say the barrier was having an effect and to accuse his opponents of inciting public outrage with talk of impeachment.
“I think it’s causing tremendous anger,” he said before boarding Marine One.
With only eight days left in Trump’s term, Democrats have only a slim chance of removing him from office.