New Delhi (NVI): US President Donald Trump has finally conceded defeat in the November 3 US elections, while pledging an “orderly transition” on January 20 as his Democratic rival and President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was officially certified by the US Congress today.
Hours after the US Capitol siege, following violent clashes in which four people have died, the US President released a statement to press at White House in which he said that there will be an orderly transfer of power on January 20, when Joe Biden will take over as the next US President. However, Trump remained intact on his claim of election fraud.
“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!,” he said.
He also posted a message on Twitter in this regard but his personal account was locked by the microblogging site for 12 hours, following the violent protests by his supporters.
At least four people died in violence at US Capitol on Wednesday as pro-Trump protesters clashed with police, as the US Congress held a joint session to count the 2020 Electoral College votes.
The chaotic protests were aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power and disrupting the lawmakers at Capitol Hill as they were about to certify Democrat President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
According to police, a woman was shot dead as a mob tried to break through a barricaded door and three other people died in medical emergencies. A mob of Trump supporters engaged with riot police as scores of protesters were arrested. Some explosive devices were also seized from them.
The chaotic turn of events forced police and security at the Capitol to rush the lawmakers to a safer place. Lawmakers including VP Mike Pence were evacuated from the building as the mob forced a lockdown at Capitol. Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has said that the city will be under a state of public emergency lasting until January 21.
However, the Congress returned later in the day to resume their proceedings after the Capitol was cleared by law enforcement.