US President Donald Trump has pledged an orderly switch of energy, saying the formal affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory “represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history.”
“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 20th,” Trump stated in a press release.
“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,” Trump stated whereas repeating false claims concerning the election that incited a mob to storm the Capitol.
Minutes earlier than Trump let go the assertion, Congress affirmed Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump.
The counting of Vermont’s three electoral votes put Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over the 270-threshold wanted to win the presidency.
The Senate and House rejected objections to throwing out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Biden. Republicans additionally objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan’s electoral votes, however the motions failed earlier than they reached debate.
The certification comes after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier Wednesday.
The joint session of Congress, which is often a ceremonial step, was halted for multiple hours when rioters breached the Capitol.
Proceedings resumed at about eight p.m. ET with Vice President Mike Pence, bringing the Senate session again into order.