Outgoing US President Donald Trump on Thursday released a video condemning Wednesday’s “heinous attack” on the US Capitol and promised to focus on the transfer of power in his first public comments since Twitter suspended his account.
Trump had refused to concede the election to Biden as recently as Wednesday, when he encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol where legislators had gathered to certify the results of the presidential election.
Thursday saw the president take a different tone, reports Al Jazeera.
With Congress certifying Biden’s victory after the chaos at the Capitol, Trump said a “new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation”.
Trump concluded by telling his supporters their “incredible journey is only just beginning.”
Four people died as supporters of President Donald Trump violently occupied the US Capitol.
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead on Wednesday included a woman who was shot by the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as three others who died in “medical emergencies.”
Police said both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the Capitol building before it was cleared Wednesday evening by law enforcement.
The woman was shot earlier Wednesday as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and later died, reports international media.
D.C. police officials also say two pipe bombs were recovered, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee. Police found a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.