WASHINGTON — President Trump says he’s focused on ensuring a smooth transition of power.
In an online video, Trump acknowledged that a new administration will soon lead the nation. It’s the closest Trump has come to conceding defeat since Election Day.
“A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20,” Trump said in a pre-recorded videotaped at the White House. “My focus now turns to ensure a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power.”
In it, he also condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday when his supporters stormed the building and interrupted the certification of Biden’s electoral win.
Trump said his attempts to overturn the results were merely efforts to ensure elections are secure.
“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 Jan. 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.”
Trump also called for calm and unity as the nation moves forward.
Dozens of Democratic lawmakers are calling for Donald Trump’s removal from the Presidency via the 25th Amendment. Even though Trump’s term will end in less than two weeks, California Congressman John Garamendi believes lawmakers can and should take action.
Vice-President Mike Pence is reportedly opposed to using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.