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President Donald Trump has grudgingly stepped back on some of his most inflammatory claims appearing to concede defeat on Thursday, the day after a mob – incited by his claims the election was stolen – stormed Capitol Hill to try and prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
In a pre-recorded statement released on Twitter Trump, in a flat monotone, crucially acknowledged that Biden had been certified the victor saying “Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
He also condemned the mob action saying, “Like all Americans I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.” He further declared “to those who broke the law: you will pay.”