US Capitol riot: Donald Trump concedes presidential election amid riot backlash

U.S. President Donald Trump conceded for the first time that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president in a video posted to Twitter that condemned the actions of a pro-Trump mob who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

Trump’s decision to call for calm in a video came at the urging of senior aides, some arguing he could face removal from office or legal liability over his supporters’ storming of the U.S. Capitol, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Supporters had attended a rally earlier in the day in which the president told his supporters to march on the Capitol as legislators were certifying president-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. The ensuing chaos forced the proceedings to be halted for several hours.

“You do not represent our country,” Trump told the rioters in the video posted to Twitter a day after the events in Washington, D.C.

Trump conceded the election for the first time since being defeated by Biden in an election in early November. Trump addressed Americans, telling them “serving as your president has been the honour of my lifetime.”

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