Trump Condemns Capitol Violence and Vows Smooth Transition of Power

The White House released an address from President Trump on January 7 in which he condemned the violence at the Capitol the previous day and said there would be a “new administration” sworn in on January 20.

“The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” Trump said, adding that those who broke the law “will pay.”

“We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high,” he continued. “But now, tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.”

Trump acknowledged Congress had certified the results of the election, and said: “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.”

The president finished by addressing his supporters directly, saying: “And to all of my wonderful supporters. I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.” Credit: The White House via Storyful