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NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump repeatedly declined in an interview aired Sunday to reply questions on whether or not he watched the Capitol riot unfold on tv, saying he would “tell people later at an appropriate time.”

Trump, the present front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, refused to say on NBC’s “Meet the Press” how he spent Jan. 6, 2021, as soon as the rebellion started and whether or not he made telephone calls as his supporters stormed the seat of American democracy.

“I’m not going to tell you. I’ll tell people later at an appropriate time,” Trump advised moderator Kristen Welker after she requested if he spent that afternoon watching the assault on tv in a eating room on the White House.

Trump’s former aides have stated he sequestered himself within the room off the Oval Office to observe, at occasions even rewinding and rewatching some elements.

In the interview, taped Thursday at Trump’s golf membership in New Jersey, Trump refused to say who he known as because the violence unfolded. “Why would I tell you that?” he stated.

Trump stated in response to Welker’s urgent him about his public silence throughout the violence that he had made “beautiful statements” on the day of the assault.

Trump’s supporters, fueled by his lies concerning the 2020 presidential election, stormed the constructing as Congress put together to certify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden. Trump is dealing with federal legal prices for his efforts to overturn his loss in that election however he isn’t dealing with prices associated to the rebellion.

Trump stated he may contemplate pardoning a number of the rioters charged for his or her actions that day.

More than 1,000 individuals have been charged with federal crimes associated to the Jan. 6 riot and greater than 600 have pleaded responsible or been convicted.

“I’m going to look at them, and I certainly might if I think it’s appropriate” to pardon them, the previous president stated.

Trump additionally stated he would contemplate pardoning former Proud Boys chief Enrique Tarrio, who was sentenced to 22 years in jail orchestrating a failed plot to maintain Trump in energy. Trump stated Tarrio was handled “horribly,” based on a full transcript of the NBC interview, which included elements that weren’t aired.

Trump is dealing with 91 legal prices throughout 4 circumstances in federal and state courts associated to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election outcomes, the mishandling of labeled paperwork and prices associated to allegations of hush-money paid to cowl up extramarital affairs. He has denied wrongdoing.

Trump was requested if he fears going to jail.

“No, I don’t really. I don’t even think about it. I’m built a little differently I guess,” he stated.

As he pushed to overturn the election, Trump relied on a band of outdoor allies who undertook what federal prosecutors have known as a “criminal scheme” to fraudulently overturn the 2020 outcomes as an alternative of counting on the recommendation of attorneys within the White House who urged him to simply accept his loss to Biden.

Trump was requested within the interview why he didn’t hearken to these legal professionals.

“I didn’t respect them,” Trump stated.

“In many cases, I didn’t respect them. But I did respect others. I respected many others that said the election was rigged.”

Trump stated he was listening each to his instincts and “different people” to information his actions across the election’s outcomes.

The NBC look was Trump’s first broadcast community interview since leaving workplace and marked Welker’s debut present as host.

Trump additionally stated he was happy to listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s latest remarks praising Trump for suggesting that he had been elected to the White House once more, he would negotiate an finish to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine. Putin on Tuesday stated Trump’s statements had been “good” and introduced “happiness.”

“Well, I like that he said that. Because that means what I’m saying is right,” Trump stated on NBC.

Trump stated he had had a very good relationship with Putin, one thing he has stated a number of occasions earlier than, and denied that any deal he would search in Ukraine can be a win for Russia and permit it to maintain territory it has seized.

“That’s something that could have been negotiated,” Trump stated. He went on and stated, “They could have made a deal where there’s lesser territory right now than Russia’s already taken, to be honest.”

Trump repeatedly declined to say whether or not he would help a federal ban on abortion and he criticized a ban on abortion after six weeks of being pregnant that was signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one in all Trump’s prime rivals within the presidential main.

“I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake,” Trump stated.

Trump stated he didn’t care whether or not abortion was in the end banned at a federal stage or settled by legal guidelines in every state. The U.S. Supreme Court, with the help of three justices appointed by Trump, final 12 months overturned the federal proper to an abortion.

“From a pure standpoint, from a legal standpoint, I think it’s probably better” to be dealt with on the state stage, Trump stated.

“But I can live with it either way. It’s much more important, the number of weeks is much more important.”