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Seemingly deranged outgoing American president Donald Trump has finally coiled his tail and conceded to Joe Biden’s victory following deadly riots that broke out at the Capitol, in Washington DC, which left four people dead and 64 others injured.
Following the Wednesday disastrous riots during which Trump’s supporters stormed both the House of Commons and House of Representatives, 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.
The chaotic scenes unfolded after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him.
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.
However, Thursday saw the president take a different tone and condemning the rioters for their acts.
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.”
However, as Trump coiled his tail and tried to calm down his riotous supporters many of his government officials were tendering in their resignations.
A senior administration official and a person familiar with the matter told Reuters that the officials who stepped down on Thursday were: Erin Walsh, senior director for African affairs; Mark Vandroff, senior director for defence policy; Anthony Rugierro, senior director for weapons of mass destruction; and Rob Greenway, senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also resigned from Trump’s administration.
Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said in an email to staff that the mob attack “has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” She said her resignation will take effect on Monday.
In a letter to Trump, DeVos said the attack on the Capitol was unconscionable. “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote, adding her resignation was effective from Friday.
Other officials including deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, a leading aide on Trump’s China policy, have already resigned.
Trump is set to leave office on January 20, but calls for his removal are growing in DC after Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol.
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