“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem," Trump said in a video posted to twitter one day after a violent mob breached the federal building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate. Mr Trump's remarks, posted on Twitter following a suspension, were widely seen as his first public acknowledgement of electoral defeat.
“Now Congress has certified the results a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th," he said. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.” Mr Trump said he had "immediately deployed" the National Guard to expel the intruders, though some US media reported he had hesitated to send in the troops, leaving his vice-president to give the order. He also praised his "wonderful supporters" and promised "our incredible journey is only just beginning".
He spoke as top Democrats called for him to be removed from office. Hours later, Capitol Police said one officer had died from injuries sustained during the riots. Four others also died during the unrest. Officials said one Trump supporter was shot by police, while three died as a result of "medical emergencies". The breach of the seat of US government led to the evacuation of shocked lawmakers, postponing for several hours their certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Mr Trump.