Biden meets Trudeau and calls January 6 a ‘flagrant violation of the Constitution’ and says rioters broke the law trying to overturn the election – but won’t say who he thinks is responsible
President Joe Biden met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles – but led their appearance by commenting on the January 6 primetime hearing back in Washington, D.C.
‘One of the things that is going to occupy my country tonight, I suspect, is the first open hearings on January the 6th and as I said when it was occurring and subsequent, I think it was a clear, flagrant violation of the Constitution,’ Biden said. ‘I think these guys and women broke the law – tried to turn around the result of an election.’
The president didn’t point fingers.
‘And there’s a lot of question of who’s responsible, who’s involved,’ he said. ‘I’m not going to make a judgment on that.’
Biden told Trudeau he was just letting him know that ‘a lot of Americans are going to be seeing for the first time some of the detail that occurred.’
President Joe Biden (right) met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) Thursday at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles – but led their appearance by commenting on the January 6 primetime hearing back in Washington, D.C
President Joe Biden greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a hug upon his arrival in Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas on Wednesday
President Joe Biden (center right) and First Lady Jill Biden (right) pose for a photo at the start of the Summit of the Americas with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea (center left) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (left)
President Joe Biden gave a pep talk to CEOs to kick off his schedule Thursday at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles
He then turned to his neighbor to the north and noted: ‘You and I have a lot to talk about.’
‘We’re going to be hanging out with each other a fair amount at the G7 at the NATO conference in Spain,’ Biden said. ‘But today we’re engaged in our hemisphere.’
‘I think the presumption is safe that we both share the same sense that the possibilies are unlimited,’ the American president added.
Biden expressed similar optimism as he kicked off his second day at the U.S.-hosted summit by talking to a group of CEOs.
‘My wife often reminds me that I had a doctor, who a long time ago, who was saying – I had an aneurysm – he kept saying, “Is it congenital or environmental?” I said I don’t care, just get it done,’ Biden recalled.
‘He said, “You know what your problem is senator? You’re a congenital optimist,”‘ the president continued. ‘But I am, I’m an American, that’s why I’m a congenital optimist.’
‘So look, I really mean it, we can do anything,’ the president added.