US: Donald Trump concedes defeat, Joe Biden's Presidential election win certified
Washington/UNI: Outgoing US President Donald Trump has conceded defeat hours after his supporters stormed the Capitol Hill building as the Congress voted to certify Joe Biden’s November election victory.
The President released a statement pledging an "orderly transition", suggesting that he would remain in frontline politics, amid speculation that he may run again in 2024.
"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th," Trump said.
"I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"
At least four people died on Wednesday as supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed into the iconic Capitol building and created chaos over his defeat in the polls.
"One Capitol police officer discharged their service weapon striking an adult female. She was transported to a local hospital, where after all life-saving efforts failed, she was pronounced deceased …. Additionally, there were three other deaths reported today from the area around the Capitol grounds. One adult female and two adult males appeared to have suffered from separate medical emergencies which resulted in their deaths," Contee said at a press conference.
More than 50 people have been detained in the course of violent protests at the US Capitol on Wednesday, claimed police.
Shortly after 1 p.m. ET Wednesday hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers "traitors" for doing their jobs, CNN reported.
Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from his chamber.
An armed standoff took place at the House front door as of 3 pm ET, and police officers had their guns drawn at anyone who was trying to breach it. A Trump supporter was also pictured standing at the Senate dais earlier in the afternoon.
Multiple officers have been injured with at least one transported to the hospital, multiple sources told CNN.
Smoke grenades were used on the Senate side of the Capitol, as police worked to clear the building of the rioters.