Joe Biden has officially been declared the president-elect after the House and the Senate certified the Electoral College votes. Following yesterday’s US Capitol unrest, President Trump has committed to an orderly transition.
In the predawn hours, at the end of a long day on Capitol Hill following protesters storming the Capitol, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shared and “elbow bump.” The sign of unity and reconciliation followed the House of Representatives and Senate certification of the Electoral College votes making President elect Joe Biden’s victory official. The pair also shared a brief conversation following the certification in which they appeared to thank each other, Fox reported.
Following yesterday’s unprecedented storming of the US capitol by protesters, President Trump said in a statement: “There will be an orderly transition.”
In the predawn hours of Thursday morning, as Congress confirmed the victory of Joe Biden as president elect, a statement attributed to President Trump committed to “an orderly transition” of power, NBC reported.
“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,” President Trump said in the statement released by the White House.
President Trump was unable to release a statement on his own after Twitter had temporarily locked his account, citing his “repeated and severe violations” of the social media network’s civic integrity policy.
The chaos at the US Capitol on Wednesday left 4 dead and at least 14 officers from the Metropolitan Police Department wounded. Early reports on Thursday by DC police say at least 52 arrests have been made so far, according to Fox. At least two pipe bombs were recovered on Wednesday–one located outside the headquarters of the RNC and another outside the DNC.
One of the deaths was that of a woman who was shot inside the Capitol, the details of which have yet to be made public. The other three additional deaths were related to individuals who suffered separate medical emergencies.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced an extension to the public emergency she declared on Wednesday, extending the order for the next 15 days, which enacts a 6 PM-6 AM citywide curfew, and would continue through Joe Biden’s inauguration.