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Trump finally concedes election, condemns attack on U.S. Capitol by supporters he praised yesterday

U.S. President Donald Trump has finally conceded the 2020 election to president-elect Joe Biden in a new video condemning his violent supporters who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Trump says now that Congress has certified the election results, the "new administration will be inaugurated on January 20" and his "focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power."

He called the riot in the Capitol a "heinous attack" that left him "outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem." However, in a video to the pro-Trump supporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, he told them he loved them, that they were special people and that he felt their pain. Twitter removed that video. 

In the new statement, Trump did not address his role in inciting the violence. He did say he "immediately deployed the National Guard," although it took a long time for order to be restored on Capitol Hill and CNN has reported that it was Vice-President Mike Pence who co-ordinated bringing in the troops. 

In the short message, Trump told his supporters that while he knows they are "disappointed," their "incredible journey is only just beginning."

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source https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-concedes-1.5865609?cmp=rss

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