President Donald Trump pledged to “an orderly transition” of power Thursday minutes after Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
The striking reversal came hours after a violent crowd of supporters of the president stormed the United States Capitol.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts confirm it, there will nonetheless be an orderly transition on January 20,” according to a statement attributed to Trump and released by the White House.
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Trump has repeatedly and baselessly claimed that the election was stolen or that there was widespread fraud, for which there was no evidence.
After the assault on Capitol Hill, he also faced increasing pressure from previous backers to accept that Biden won.
Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., a Trump ally, said after the events on Capitol Hill that Biden had been legally elected and it was time to accept him.
“Count on me. Enough is enough,” he said. “We have to end it.”