Donald Trump says 'outraged by lawlessness' during US Capitol riots
- Donald Trump said he deployed the national guards and federal law enforcement to expel the intruders
- This is the first time the President personally condemned to the actions of his supporters
- "A new administration will be inaugurated January 20," Trump said
A day after his supporters breached the US Capitol building, Donald Trump said he was outraged the "lawlessness and mayhem" and deployed the national guards and federal law enforcement to expel the intruders.
This is the first time the President personally condemned to the actions of his supporters, who were stirred up by Trump himself ahead of the Capitol hill breach.
"Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence lawlessness and mayhem. I immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building & expel the intruders," the outgoing President said.
"America is and must always be a nation of law and order," he added.
Earlier in the day, Donald Trump's spokeswoman had said the president and his aides condemn "in the strongest possible terms" the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, disrupting the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
"Let me be clear: The violence we saw yesterday at our nation's Capitol was appalling, reprehensible and antithetical to the American way," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, AFP reported.
"We condemn it -- the president and this administration -- in the strongest possible terms."
Before the video message on his official YouTube channel, Trump was last seen or heard in public urging his supporters who invaded the Capitol to "go home" and assuring them that "we love you."
Twitter removed the video -- which led off with Trump repeating false claims of election fraud and expressed sympathy toward the rioters -- and disabled his Twitter account.
"What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate First Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation’s capital," McEnany said, AFP reported.
"Those who violently besieged our capital are the opposite of everything this administration stands for."
In a first, Trump also validated the US Congress certified results.
"Now the Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated January 20. My focus now turns to ensure a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power," Trump said.
However, since the day the apocalyptic scenes emerged from the Capitol Hill, calls for Trump's removal have been building. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the President of committing a "seditious act" and said he was "deadly" to Americans and US democracy.
She called for Trump to be removed from office immediately and said her party was pushing for his impeachment.