Trump: ‘My Focus Now Turns to Ensuring a Smooth, Orderly and Seamless Transition of Power’

Melanie Arter | January 8, 2021 | 11:36am EST
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President Donald Trump (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Donald Trump urged calm in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and condemned the violence and destructive acts of his supporters.

In a speech at the White House, Trump said that he had exhausted all legal avenues in his fight to serve a second term in office, and he promised “a smooth, orderly and seamless transition” for President-Elect Joe Biden.

The president urged people to work together to defeat the pandemic and rebuild the economy. 

However, Trump announced Friday that he will not attend Biden’s inauguration.

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” he tweeted.


“I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem. I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. America is and must always be a nation of law and order,” he said.

“The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay. We have just been through an intense election, and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America,” Trump said.

“My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing, I was fighting to defend American democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith in competence and all future elections. Now, Congress has certified the results,” the president 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,’Trump said, calling 2020 “a challenging time for our people.”

“A menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy and claimed countless lives. Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on Earth will require all of us working together. It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community and family,” he said.

“We must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family. To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime. 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. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America,” Trump said.

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