Trump concedes defeat for 1st time, admits he won’t serve 2nd term
Published: 09:29 AM, 8 January 2021 Updated: 10:23 AM, 8 January 2021
Trump concedes defeat publicly for 1st time, admits he won’t serve 2nd term; Photo: Collected
Incumbent US President Donald Trump has conceded defeat publicly for the first time and said that he will not serve a second term and acknowledging that the transfer of power is currently underway.
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” he said in a video speech shared on his Twitter account which was reactivated on Thursday after being suspended following the Capitol turmoil, according to CNN.
“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20.”
“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 20,” Trump said in a statement after Congress certified his loss.
“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.”
The statement was meant as a signal that the Trump administration will end its office for the next 13 days without incident.
A White House adviser said Trump recorded the video because his presidency is threatened by resignations of his officials and potential impeachment.
“That message and tone should have been relayed on election night ... not after people died,” the adviser added.
Earlier, The Democrats lawmakers on Thursday have called for the removal of incumbent US President Donald Trump from office after his supporters invaded Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
“Trump should be removed immediately,” remarked Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, saying if he is not, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be “impeached” him.
Donald Trump, who has repeatedly refused to concede the election, provoked his supporters on Wednesday to breach the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the lawmakers from certifying the victory of Joe Biden in the November presidential election.
During the unrest, four people died and at least 68 have been arrested. Besdies, the police action came under question with criticisms for failing to stop the breaching.
The Sergeant at Arms, an official responsible for security in the House of Representatives, has resigned. US Capitol Police (USCP) chief Steven Sund is also resigning.
Transport Secretary Elaine Chao is the latest member of the Trump administration who is set to quit over the incident. Several lower-level officials have also resigned.
Source: CNN, BBC