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Former President Donald Trump's ex-press aide mocked the idea of him marching from the White House to the Capitol during an interview with January 6 committee investigators.

'I've never seen the man walk across the golf course without a golf cart. I can't imagine him walking up Pennsylvania Avenue,' said former deputy press secretary Judd Deere, according to a transcript of his interview with the panel.

In his interview, which was released Tuesday, Deere also revealed that Trump had been unaware for nearly four years that his schedule was released publicly.

'Beginning sometime around mid to late December, the president discovered that, for the first time, my understanding, that we released a public schedule of his to the public. He wanted to change the way we did that,' Deere said.

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Former President Donald Trump's ex-press aide mocked the idea of him marching from the White House to the Capitol during an interview with January 6 committee investigators © Provided by Daily Mail Former President Donald Trump's ex-press aide mocked the idea of him marching from the White House to the Capitol during an interview with January 6 committee investigators 'I've never seen the man walk across the golf course without a golf cart. I can't imagine him walking up Pennsylvania Avenue,' said former deputy press secretary Judd Deere (pictured), according to a transcript of his interview with the panel © Provided by Daily Mail 'I've never seen the man walk across the golf course without a golf cart. I can't imagine him walking up Pennsylvania Avenue,' said former deputy press secretary Judd Deere (pictured), according to a transcript of his interview with the panel

Last week, the House select committee on January 6 released a full report on its investigation into the Capitol attack and the events that surrounded it.

Trump's schedule on January 6 references that he would be appearing at the Ellipse, but investigators found that the now ex-president had pushed beforehand and after to join supporters at the Capitol, even floating a plan to have 10,000 National Guard troops protect him during the march.

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During his Ellipse speech, Trump told the MAGA mob he would be joining them at the Capitol - but didn't do so.

In the hours following, they broke in and ransacked the building, where lawmakers were gathered to cement President Joe Biden's 2020 election win.

Deere was asked by investigators for the Democrat-led committee if he had any conversations about whether Trump would go to the Capitol on January 6, after delivering remarks outside the White House on the Ellipse.

'Yes, but jokingly,' Deere replied.

Deere explained that he had discussed with White House aides Molly Michael and Nick Luna the president's desire to march to the Capitol, telling investigators they joked about it because they thought it unrealistic - not only because Trump was mostly sedentary - 'but also the security concerns.'

The former deputy press secretary, who's now communications director for Arkansas' Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said he also checked in with former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Tony Ornato, who also said Trump would not be going from the Ellipse to Capitol Hill.

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'As the deputy press secretary in charge of ensuring press pool access and understanding the president's movements, I, again, just wanted to reconfirm that we were not expecting an additional movement from the Ellipse,' Deere explained.

Deere said he was '100 percent confident that we were not going to do an additional movement.'

'If the deputy chief of staff for operations told me we are not doing an additional movement, we are not doing an additional movement,' Deere explained.

Deere also revealed that he had heard a 'rumor' of Trump still wanting to go to the Capitol after his speech wrapped up on the Ellipse.

The January 6 committee's blockbuster witness Cassidy Hutchinson testified that she was involved in a conversation with Ornato and Bobby Engel, the head of Trump's security detail, who told her Trump 'had a very strong, very angry response' when told he couldn't be taken to the Capitol - after directing his supporters to head that way.

She was told that Trump said something like: 'I'm the effing president, take me up to the Capitol now!'

Engel, she said, reiterated they were headed back to the White House.

'The president reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel, Mr. Engel grabbed his arm and said, "Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel, we're going back to the West Wing, we're not going to the Capitol,"' she testified.

Deere testified he couldn't remember who told him, but he recalled hearing 'that when he came off the stage, as well as even when he got back to the White House, he wanted to make the movement.'

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