The Washington Post reports:
President Trump early Thursday pledged “an orderly transition on January 20,” acknowledging for the first time that he will be leaving office in less than two weeks but stopping short of conceding to President-elect Joe Biden.
The pledge for an orderly passage of power came just one day after a pro-Trump mob, incited by the president, stormed the Capitol and disrupted the certification of Biden’s victory.
With Trump still suspended from Twitter over his role in the unrest, he issued the statement through spokesman Dan Scavino minutes after Vice President Pence affirmed that Biden will be president.
Here’s the brief statement:
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. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!
Trump agrees to an orderly transition of power in a written statement (he’s banned in a Twitter time out) that sounds like it was written by someone else. He still doesn’t concede he lost.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 7, 2021
The statement is not a concession and maintains his baseless claims of election fraud. But it’s the first intentional acknowledgement of the reality that he will not be president in two weeks.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 7, 2021