President Donald Trump has acknowledged that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States and said his focus now is on a peaceful transition of power, a day after his supporters violently attacked the US Capitol.
“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 said in a video statement posted on Twitter.
The president denounced the “heinous” attack on the Capitol and said rioters had “defiled the seat of American democracy.”
“Serving as your president has been the honour of my lifetime,” Trump said. “And to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
The Republican president has been under intense political pressure after many Republicans criticised him for inciting the violence and top Democrats called for his immediate removal and replacement by Vice President Mike Pence.