Trump vows 'orderly' transition after Biden's certification, Capitol chaos

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Business Times

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump on Thursday publicly said he would leave the White House for the first time, adding he vowed for an 'orderly' transition of power after the Congress certified the electoral college victory of President-Elect Joe Biden.

"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," Trump said in the 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, who repeatedly refused to concede, addressed his supporters at the White House before a large protest in US Capitol in an attempt to block the lawmakers' official ratification of Biden's victory.

"We're going to walk down to the Capitol. And we're gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And 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," Trump said addressing his supporters who gathered maskless on the ellipse near the White House Wednesday morning.

After a speech that incensed the supporters, the outgoing president returned to the White House to watch the protest. The mob broke into the Capitol and entered both congressional halls, some supporters mocked inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.

Amid the chaos, a woman was killed. Authorities are yet to release more details with the incident. Three more individuals had medical emergencies but later died, according to police.


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