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Donald Trump has broken his silence following the riot on Capitol Hill, defending his words at the rally which led to the violence as "totally appropriate."

He appeared to warn Democrats that pushing to impeach him could spark more violence.

And he sought to compare his incendiary language to people supporting unrest over the summer connected to the Black Lives Matter movement – saying "that was a real problem."

The US President spoke to reporters on his way to Alamo, Texas to view his border wall.

He said there was "tremendous anger", both over moves in Congress to impeach him, and over his Twitter account being suspended.

But he said: "You always have to avoid violence".

He said: "For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our county and it's causing tremendous anger.

"I want no violence."

He added that the move to impeach him, on a charge of inciting insurrection over the Capitol attack, was a continuation of the "witch hunt" against him.

Trump would become the first US president to be impeached twice if the House of Representatives votes in favour of impeachment on Wednesday.

He defended his speech as 'totally appropriate'
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And he attacked social media firms taking steps to remove his account, and those of people who encouraged violence at the Capitol last week.

He said: "I think that big tech is doing a horrible thing to our country and I believe it's a catastrophic mistake for them. They're dividing and divisive and showing something that I've been predicting for a long time.

"I think big tech has made a terrible mistake and it's very bad for our country."

He added: "No-one's accountable for it. I've never seen such anger as I see right now, and that's a terrible thing."

Asked about his speech to a huge rally of supporters on the White House South Lawn, where he encouraged followers to march on the Capitol, the President said: "If you read my speech – many people have done it and I've seen it in the papers, in the media, on television, it's been analysed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate."

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He added: "And if you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level, about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland, Seattle and various other places, that was a real problem, what they said.

"But they've analysed my speech and my words and my final paragraph and everybody to a T concluded it was totally appropriate. "