U.S. President Donald Trump is featured on television from a video message posted on Twitter that was seen in an empty Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2020.
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President Donald Trump said early Thursday that he was ready to allow an “orderly transfer of power” just minutes after Congress officially approved the election of Joe Biden as president.
A statement by the president on Twitter through Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino reiterated unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud, but included the reverse.
“Even if I disagree with the election result at all and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20th. I’ve always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes are counted This is the end of the greatest first term in president history. It is just the beginning of our struggle to make America great again!
The statement followed dramatic scenes on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as pro-Trump supporters stormed the building, enforcing a lockdown, and lawmakers seeking protection.
Congress convened again overnight and officially confirmed the election of Biden. Confirmation came after the House and Senate, in two separate votes in both houses, overwhelmingly opposed efforts by some Republicans to object to the acceptance of electoral college victories for Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Democrat Biden and his colleague, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, won 306 votes in the electoral college, 36 more than necessary to win the White House. Trump, a Republican, received 232 votes.
– CNBC’s Dan Mangan, Jacob Pramuk and Kevin Breuninger contributed to this story.