US President Donald Trump is seen on TV from a video message launched on Twitter, seen in an empty Brady Briefing Room on the White Home in Washington, DC on January 6, 2020.
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President Donald Trump mentioned early Thursday that he was keen to permit an “orderly transition” of energy, simply minutes after Congress formally confirmed the election of Joe Biden as president.
An announcement from the president on Twitter by way of Deputy Chief of Employees for Communications Dan Scavino repeated baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, however included the reversal.
“Although I completely disagree with the end result of the election, and the details bear me out, however there shall be an orderly transition on January twentieth. I’ve all the time mentioned we might proceed our battle to make sure that solely authorized votes had been counted. Whereas this represents the tip of the best first time period in presidential historical past, it is solely the start of our battle to Make America Nice Once more!”
The assertion adopted dramatic scenes on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with pro-Trump supporters storming the constructing, forcing a lockdown and lawmakers to hunt shelter.
In a single day, Congress reconvened and formally confirmed the election of Biden. The affirmation got here after the Home of Representatives and the Senate, in two separate votes in each chambers, overwhelmingly rejected efforts by some Republicans to object to the acceptance of Electoral Faculty wins for Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Biden, a Democrat, and his working mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, hit 306 votes within the Electoral Faculty, 36 greater than wanted to safe a White Home victory. Trump, a Republican, acquired 232 votes.
—CNBC’s Dan Mangan, Jacob Pramuk and Kevin Breuninger contributed reporting to this story.