Live Updates: Biden’s Electoral College victory certified; Trump vows ‘orderly transition’

Biden’s Electoral College victory certified; Trump vows ‘orderly transition’

Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff, posted a statement from President Trump on Twitter that called for calm.

The U.S. Congress early Thursday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory — after a day in Washington that was marred by pro-Trump protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.

Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff, posted a statement from President Trump on Twitter that called for calm.

“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,” the statement read. “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!”

Members of Congress reconvened to continue their review of Electoral College votes on Wednesday night, hours after the unprecedented breach of an American government institution.

Earlier, authorities had evacuated lawmakers and the D.C. mayor declared a 6 p.m. curfew amid escalating violence in the halls of Congress that saw police draw their weapons. President Trump has since called for “peace” and for protesters to “go home.”