Secret Service probe senator who wished Donald Trump dead

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An American state senator was today being investigated by the Secret Service for posting a comment on Facebook saying she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

The remark by Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat in Missouri, was quickly deleted. But a spokeswoman for the Secret Service’s St Louis office said it was investigating, adding: “The Secret Service investigates all threats against the president, vice president, and other protectees, whether they be direct, implied or comments in passing.”

According to reports, Ms Chappelle-Nadal’s comment said: “I hope Trump is assassinated!” She told CNN that she wrote the post in frustration over Mr Trump’s recent behaviour. “No, I don’t want to see anyone assassinated, but he should not be president, he should be impeached,” she said. “Someone wrote a statement on my Facebook and I responded with something that shouldn’t have been put up there.”

She faced a chorus of demands for her resignation today but said she would remain on the state general assembly. Stephen Webber, chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, said: “State senator Chappelle-Nadal’s comments are indefensible. 

President Donald Trump speaks in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. (AP)

“All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America — and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign.”

Mr Trump has been widely criticised for his response to last Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which erupted into violence. Right-wingers were protesting against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, who led pro-slavery Confederacy forces in the Civil War.

Yesterday he tweeted: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.”

Yesterday, Bob Corker, a Republican senator who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said: “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” 

Tony Schwartz, who ghost-wrote Mr Trump’s 1987 book The Art Of The Deal, said the president would quit before the end of the year. Referring to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the US election, Mr Schwartz tweeted: “The circle is closing at blinding speed. Trump is going to resign … before Mueller and Congress leave him no choice.”


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