Trump tries to head off new demonstrations among his supporters

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he disembarks from Air Force One at Valley International Airport before departing to Alamo to visit the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Harlingen, Texas, U.S., January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged his supporters not to launch new demonstrations as some are threatening with central Washington looking more and more like an armed camp ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of Joe Biden as the next president.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” Trump said in a statement. “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank you.”

Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese