Just over two months after being defeated at the polls, for the first time, the president of U.S, Donald Trump, definitively acknowledged his defeat, and said that a new administration will take office on January 20.
Without speaking for the first time of electoral fraud, or stolen election. A calm Trump came out in a speech broadcast on Twitter, which marked his return to the social network from which he was suspended for 12 hours for “inciting violence”, condemned the irruption in the Capitol and said that the United States “is and must always be a nation of law and order.”
“The protesters who infiltrated the Capitol have tarnished American democracy. Those who were involved in acts of violence and destruction do not represent our country and those who broke the law, will pay, ”he warned.
He acknowledged that he has no options left, because he resorted to all possible legal avenues to challenge the election results.
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“Now, Congress has certified the results. A new administration will take office on January 20. From now on I will focus on guaranteeing a smooth, orderly and uninterrupted transition of power, ”he said.
He then affirmed that “this moment requires healing and reconciliation.”
He spoke of the challenges ahead. From the coronavirus pandemic that “has claimed countless lives” and damaged the economy.
“Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on Earth will require all of us to work together.” He explained that it is time to “revitalize the sacred ties of love and loyalty that unite us as a national family.”
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And in his own way, he said goodbye, for the first time, knowing that in two weeks he will leave office. “To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honor of my life and to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is just beginning.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
Pence refuses to invoke the 25th Amendment to impeach Trump
Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, opposes invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to impeach President Donald Trump, despite pressure from Democrats and some Republicans, reports the New York Times Thursday.
Pence has not publicly referred to the idea of resorting to a mechanism never used in the history of the United States, although the newspaper quotes a person close to the vice president who confirmed his refusal.
Trump’s impeachment calls multiplied after his followers, whom the president had inflamed shortly before, invaded and closed Congress as he prepared to certify the democrat’s electoral victory. Joe Biden.
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Democrats called for the measure to be taken despite the Republican’s only 13 days left in office.
“This is an emergency of the greatest magnitude,” said House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“By inciting sedition, as he did on Wednesday, he must be removed from office.”
The Times said Pence’s position is backed by several members of the Cabinet, whose support he needs should he appeal the amendment.
The newspaper added that those officials “see the effort as something that will add to the current chaos in Washington rather than stop it.”
*** With information from AFP
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