President Trump Calls for ‘Orderly’ Transition After Capitol Riot


President Trump Calls for ‘Orderly’ Transition After Capitol Riot

President Donald Trump called for an “orderly” transition of power to a new administration on Thursday, one day after his supporters attacked the Capitol building, ransacked offices and clashed with police.

Trump released a two-minute video on Twitter, offering his first concession of the election he lost more than two months ago.

“Now Congress has certified the results,” he said. “A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”

Trump also called the riot as “a heinous attack” on the Capitol and said violators would be prosecuted. The attack came after he whipped up his supporters with claims that the election had been stolen, and encouraged them to march on the Capitol building.

“We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women,” he said on Wednesday. “We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

At least four people died in the ensuing clash with Capitol police, including a woman who was shot in the chest by a police officer inside the Capitol building. More than 50 officers were also injured, and police made more than 60 arrests for gun possession, curfew violations and unlawful entry into the building.

Trump’s remarks came as Congressional Democrats were threatening to impeach him if the Cabinet did not remove him via the 25th Amendment.


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