ECONOMYNEXT – United States President Donald Trump is stepping down and has pledged to an orderly transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, CNN reports.
The agency quoted Trump as saying that even though he disagrees with the “outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”
The concession came in a statement released overnight after Congress certified his defeat. “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.”
Trump on Wednesday egged on his supporters who would later breach the US Capitol in an attempt to stop lawmakers from counting the electoral votes cast in the 2020 presidential election.
Four people died in the melee, one woman was shot dead and others died of medical emergencies, Police said.
The National Guard was called out to protect the Legislative Building known as the Capitol.
Republicans and Democrats alike condemned the rioters for entering the country’s legislative chambers and destroying federal property, and several lawmakers blamed Trump for the violence that broke out, CNN said
Trump has yet still to condemn the violence at the US Capitol on Wednesday.
On Wednesday night, undeterred by the violence and the threats, lawmakers returned to the House chamber to continue counting the votes.
Trump did not say in his statement whether he plans to attend the inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20. (Colombo, January 7, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana