United States President Donald Trump has condemned Wednesday’s attack on Capitol Hill by his supporters.
Speaking to newsmen on Trump’s behalf on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms”.
“Let me be clear: The violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s Capitol was appalling, reprehensible and antithetical to the American way.
“We condemn it — the president and this administration — in the strongest possible terms,” McEnany said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
Naija News reports that there have been growing calls for Trump’s removal a day after his supporters stormed the seat of the US government in Washington in a violent attempt to prevent the certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
Donald Trump had told his supporters outside the White House on Wednesday that he would never concede defeat in the November 3 presidential election, calling on his supporters to march to Capitol Hill and protest congress affirmation of the US election.
Trump in his statement said, “I will never give up. We will never concede.” He added, “We will stop the steal.”
As a result of Trump’s statement, his supporters violently attacked lawmakers, taking over both houses of the legislature despite the presence of Vice-President Mike Pence, who is the president of the US Senate.
The US House and Senate were forced into emergency recess on Wednesday night after the protesters breached security cordons and also clashed with security agents.
The US Capitol building went into lockdown and curfew was declared by the Mayor of DC to clear the street of pro-Trump rioters.
But lawmakers later reconvened to successfully certify the election of Biden and Kamala Harris by the US Electoral College.