Updates: Ban On Trump's Facebook, Instagram Accounts Extended Indefinitely After Capitol Breach
US Capitol Violence: Trump on Thursday offered the clearest signal yet that he will voluntarily leave office on January 20, saying there will be an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden's presidency.
US President Donald Trump appealed for "healing and reconciliation" Thursday following unprecedented scenes of violence at the US Capitol, pledging a smooth transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
In a video message aiming to calm tensions after his supporters entered the US Capitol as Biden's election victory was being certified by lawmakers Wednesday, Trump voiced outrage at the clashes that saw one woman shot dead by police at the seat of US government.
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 said.
Trump released the video following growing calls for his removal after his fired-up supporters breached the Capitol Wednesday and sent lawmakers scrambling for safety.
Egged on by an aggrieved Trump speech, a flag-waving mob broke though barricades and swarmed inside the Capitol, ransacking offices and entering the usually solemn legislative floors.
President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday accused US ities of treating pro-Trump protesters more leniently than anti-racism demonstrators who were forcibly dispersed by police in Washington last year.
"No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday... they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol," Biden said.
Republican US Representative Adam Kinzinger on Thursday called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office, a day after the president's supporters stormed the US Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump on Thursday offered the clearest signal yet that he will voluntarily leave office on January 20, saying there will be an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden's presidency.
Russian officials on Thursday pointed to the storming of the US Capitol as evidence of America's decline, with one saying it showed US democracy was "limping on both feet".
After the stunning events in Washington, many in Moscow said the United States was no longer in any position to lecture other countries on freedom and democracy.
Under banners reading "Storm of the Capitol" and "Chaos in Washington", Russian state television showed rolling images of mobs of Donald Trump supporters breaking down barricades and swarming the building, as security forces fired tear gas and police drew guns inside.
"The losing side has more than enough grounds to accuse the winner of falsifications -- it is clear that American democracy is limping on both feet," Konstantin Kosachyov, the chair of the Russian upper house's foreign affairs committee, said in a post on Facebook.
"The celebration of democracy has ended. It has, unfortunately, hit rock bottom, and I say this without a hint of gloating.
"America no longer charts the course and so has lost all right to set it. And, even more so, to impose it on others."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned as "disgraceful" violence by supporters of his staunch ally President Donald Trump at the US Capitol building.
Netanyahu made the comments in Jerusalem alongside Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who called the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters "unacceptable".
The Israeli leader said the "rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned."
"I have no doubt that... American democracy will prevail. It always has," added Netanyahu, who has repeatedly called Trump Israel's best-ever friend in the White House.
Scenes from the United States of America are deeply disturbing. Democracy and freedom are the essence of America's greatness. The entire world is watching. May the people of America preserve the dignity of their nation and let the democratic process prevail peacefully. #USCapitolpic.twitter.com/wurHmkbTgd- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) January 7, 2021
I have issued Mayor's Order 2021-003, extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days, until and unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.- Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 7, 2021
We are locking President Donald Trump's Instagram account for 24 hours as well: Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram pic.twitter.com/3TSosVgfS7- ANI (@ANI) January 7, 2021
Major US corporations and businesses groups on Wednesday condemned the occupation of the US Capitol by rioters angry at President Donald Trump's election defeat, with one organization raising the possibility of the president being removed from office. The statements came on a shocking day for the United States, which saw mobs overrun Congress after a rally by Trump, who had sought to thwart the process of lawmakers certifying election results.
Former president Barack Obama blamed Donald Trump and Republicans for the attack on the US Congress Wednesday, calling it "a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation."
"But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise," Obama said, adding that it was "incited" by Trump, "who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election."
Obama also singled out the Republican party and its media supporters, whom he said have "too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth" about Democrat Joe Biden's strong victory in the November 3 election.
"Today marks a sad and shameful chapter in our nation's history. Those responsible for this insurrection should be held to account, and we must complete the transition to President-elect Biden's administration. It's especially when they are challenged that our ideals matter most," Tim Cook said on Twiiter.
A woman who was shot as President Donald Trump's supporters invaded the US Capitol on Wednesday has died, a Washington police spokeswoman said.
Alaina Gertz offered no details on who the woman was or the circumstances of the shooting, which is now under investigation by the metropolitan police.
Unverified videos appear to show a woman who was part of the protests on the floor inside the Capitol and bleeding after gunfire erupted momentarily.
Twitter on Wednesday began limiting the reach of tweets stoking an assault of the US Capitol by a mob intent on overturning the election results.
"We have been significantly restricting engagement with tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence," the Twitter support team said.
"This means these labeled tweets will not be able to be replied to, retweeted, or liked."
Twitter and other social platforms were facing challenges amid the unrest after President Donald Trump, a fervent Twitter user, had rallied supporters in the capital city as Congress was set to certify the November election won by Joe Biden.
President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday denounced the storming of the US Capitol as an "insurrection" and demanded President Donald Trump go on television to call an end to the violent "siege."
"At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault," the veteran Democrat said in Wilmington, after hundreds of Trump supporters protesting his election defeat swarmed the Capitol building and put the nation's lawmakers at risk.
"I call on President Trump to go on national television now to... demand an end to this siege," Biden said. "To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, the floor of the United States Senate... threatening the safety of duly elected officials? It's not a protest, it's insurrection."
The EU's foreign policy chief condemned as an "assault on US democracy" the storming of the US Congress on Wednesday by thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump.
"In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege," the official, Josep Borrell, tweeted.
"This is an unseen assault on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected."
Trump tells supporters who stormed US Capitol, "We love you", reported news agency AFP.
"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!" tweeted US President Donald Trump.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
#WATCH | Supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump hold a demonstration at US Capitol in Washington DC as Congress debates certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory. pic.twitter.com/c7zCgg9Qdu- ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2021
#WATCH | I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege: US President-Elect Joe Biden on US Capitol mob violence pic.twitter.com/CEaChwBsdd- ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2021
President Donald Trump tells supporters to "go 德扑圈apphome" after storming of US Capitol, reported news agency AFP.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today condemned the "disgraceful scenes" at the US Congress by Donald Trump supporters and urged a peaceful transition to Democrat Joe Biden's presidency, reported news agency AFP. "Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power," Johnson said on Twitter.
President-elect Biden brands US Capitol violence an "insurrection", reported news agency AFP.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today called on supporters of President Donald Trump to "stop trampling on democracy" after they smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions, reported news agency AFP. "Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of American voters and stop trampling on democracy," he tweeted.
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence called for violence at the US Capitol to "stop now" after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building, reported news agency AFP. Mike Pence had been presiding over a joint session of Congress to certify Democrat Joe Biden's election victory when protesters who had attended a Trump rally nearby swarmed the Capitol. "The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now," Pence said in a tweet.
"At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on people's representatives and the Capitol Hill police, sworn to protect them," Says US President-Elect Joe Biden, reported news agency ANI.
National Guard troops are being mobilized in Washington and neighboring states after protesters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday, the White House and Pentagon said, reported news agency AFP. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet that Trump had directed the callup of National Guard troops "along with other federal protective services" to deal with the unrest.
Biden urges Trump to go on TV to call for end to Capitol 'siege', reported news agency AFP.
"Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected," tweets NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.
A person was shot and wounded Wednesday inside the US Capitol amid chaotic scenes in Washington as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building in anger over his election defeat.
"One shooting victim was transported from the Capitol," a person attached to an emergency response unit told news agency AFP, adding that there were "other injuries" in the chaotic protests and that the situation remained fluid.
US lawmakers decried an attempted "coup" against the US government Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions.
"A mob storming the US Capitol to overturn an election. A coup in progress," said Representative Val Demings in a tweet.
"This is anarchy. This is an attempted coup. And it's happening in America because of lawless lawmakers," added another congressman, Seth Moulton.
Others also characterizing the assault as a coup attempt blamed Trump for inciting the protesters, who halted the confirmation by Congress of Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 election.
"The president is inciting domestic terrorism," said Representative Mark Pocan.
President Donald Trump called for "peaceful" protests on Wednesday after his supporters stormed the Capitol following a rally during which he urged Congress to reject Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.
"Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement," Trump said on Twitter more than an hour after protesters breached a security cordon.
"They are truly on the side of our Country," Trump said. "Stay peaceful!"
The House of Representatives and Senate went into recess as protesters disrupted a session called to certify the Electoral College votes from the November 3 presidential election.