Donald Trump finally promises ‘orderly transition’ after Capitol riot shame
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Donald Trump has finally promised an “orderly transition” of power when Joe Biden has taken over as US President.
His concession came after protesters stormed the US Capitol while Congress certified Biden’s win last night, January 6.
Trump was temporarily suspended from Twitter and Facebook after telling the mob “We love you”.
He then asked them to go home and repeated unfounded claims about voter fraud.
In a statement posted on Twitter by White House spokesman Dan Scavino, Trump addressed the election result but ignored the violence.
He said: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted.
“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
Home Secretary Priti Patel today blamed Trump's incendiary comments for directly provoking violence.
She urged the Republican to condemn their actions and said his statement in which he said "We love you" to the rioters and repeated his baseless claims of electoral fraud did "very little to de-escalate the situation".
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a "peaceful and orderly transfer of power" after supporters of the outgoing president breached barricades and staged an occupation of the home of American democracy in Washington DC.
The chaos raged after Trump gave his fans a jolt into action in a rally outside the White House and urged them to march to the Capitol.
Protesters then clashed with police, one woman died after being shot and three other people died after suffering "medical emergencies", according to police chief Robert Contee.
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Kim Darroch, who was forced to stand down as ambassador to the US in 2019 after diplomatic cables he wrote criticising the Trump White House as "inept" and "dysfunctional" were leaked to the press, said the rioting was "appalling".
"Some of us though have been pointing out for a long time," Lord Darroch told Today, "this guy was not fit to be president, is not fit to be president, and he doesn't respect any of the norms of presidential behaviour".
He added: "And what happened last night, there's no question was the result of days of inciting his supporters to turn up in Washington and demonstrate outside the capitol."
US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson said Wednesday was "a dark day for the United States" and said anyone "who participated and engaged in criminal acts should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of our law".
- Donald Trump
- US Election
- Joe Biden
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