Updates: Ban On Trump's Facebook, Instagram Accounts Extended Indefinitely After Capitol Breach

US Capitol Violence: Trump on Thursday offered the clearest signal yet that he will voluntarily leave office on January 20, saying there will be an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden's presidency.

Updates: Ban On Trump's Facebook, Instagram Accounts Extended Indefinitely After Capitol Breach

Donald Trump immediately released a statement pledging an "orderly transition". (File)

Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts have been banned for at least two weeks after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Thursday.

"The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today.

Trump on Thursday offered the clearest signal yet that he will voluntarily leave office on January 20, saying there will be an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden's presidency.

"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," Trump said in a statement minutes after the US Congress formally certified Biden's victory.

Here are the LIVE updates on US Capitol Hill Violence:

Jan 08, 2021 09:17 (IST)
Trump Talks Of "Healing, Reconciliation" After Capitol Siege
US President Donald Trump appealed for "healing and reconciliation" Thursday following unprecedented scenes of violence at the US Capitol, pledging a smooth transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

In a video message aiming to calm tensions after his supporters entered the US Capitol as Biden's election victory was being certified by lawmakers Wednesday, Trump voiced outrage at the clashes that saw one woman shot dead by police at the seat of US government.

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," he said.

Trump released the video following growing calls for his removal after his fired-up supporters breached the Capitol Wednesday and sent lawmakers scrambling for safety.

Egged on by an aggrieved Trump speech, a flag-waving mob broke though barricades and swarmed inside the Capitol, ransacking offices and entering the usually solemn legislative floors.
Jan 08, 2021 09:16 (IST)
Racism Protestors Would Have Been Treated Differently: Biden On Police Response During Capitol Siege
President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday accused US authorities of treating pro-Trump protesters more leniently than anti-racism demonstrators who were forcibly dispersed by police in Washington last year.

"No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday... they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol," Biden said.
Jan 07, 2021 23:15 (IST)
Republican Congressman Calls For Trump's Ouster With 25th Amendment
Republican US Representative Adam Kinzinger on Thursday called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office, a day after the president's supporters stormed the US Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy.
Jan 07, 2021 21:52 (IST)
Ban On Donald Trump's Facebook, Instagram Accounts Extended Indefinitely
Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts have been banned for at least two weeks after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Thursday.

"The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today.
Jan 07, 2021 21:22 (IST)
Angela Merkel "Furious And Saddened" Over US Capitol Violence
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she was "furious and saddened" by the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump and said the president shared blame for the unrest.

"I deeply regret that President Trump has not conceded his defeat, since November and again yesterday," she said.

"Doubts about the election outcome were stoked and created the atmosphere that made the events of last night possible," she said, adding that her shock was certainly shared by the "millions of people who admire America's democratic tradition".

She welcomed a statement by President-elect Joe Biden as well as "many reactions from both major parties of the US" which she said reassured her "that this democracy will prove to be much stronger than the attackers and rioters".
Jan 07, 2021 20:44 (IST)
Top China Adviser Resigns After US Capitol Violence: Report
White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger has resigned, according to media reports, joining a number of officials who are leaving the administration of President Donald Trump in the wake of violence on Capitol Hill.

Pottinger, a leading figure in the development of Trump's China policy, resigned on Wednesday in response to Trump's reaction to a mob of protesters who breached the U.S. Capitol, CNN reported, citing a person close to Pottinger. Bloomberg first reported the resignation.

The White House had no immediate comment, although sources had told Reuters Pottinger's departure was expected.

Four people died during the chaos - one from gunshot wounds and three from medical emergencies - after hundreds of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
Jan 07, 2021 20:08 (IST)
"I Can't Stay": Trump's Ex-Chief Of Staff Quits After US Capitol Attack
Mick Mulvaney, a former chief of staff in Donald Trump's White House, announced Thursday he has quit his diplomatic post to protest mob violence by the president's supporters at the Capitol.

"I can't stay here, not after yesterday. You can't look at that yesterday and think I want to be a part of that in any way, shape or form," Mulvaney told CNBC television.

Mulvaney, who had been moved from chief of staff to special envoy for Northern Ireland, said he told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he was resigning.

"I can't do it. I can't stay," he told CNBC, indicating that other White House staff were eying the exits.

"Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they're worried the president might put someone worse in," he said.

On Wednesday, thousands of Trump supporters left a rally with the president, then stormed into Congress, temporarily halting proceedings to certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the November presidential election.
Jan 07, 2021 19:37 (IST)
Russia Sees US Democracy "Limping" After Capitol Stormed
Russia on Thursday pointed to the storming of the US Capitol building as evidence of America's decline, with officials saying its out-of-date electoral system and deep divisions had left its democracy "limping on both feet".

Under banners reading "Storm of the Capitol" and "Chaos in Washington", Russian state television showed rolling images of mobs of Donald Trump supporters breaking down barricades and swarming the Congress building on Wednesday, as security forces fired tear gas and police drew guns inside.

Congress formally certified Joe Biden as the next president despite the unrest, but many in Moscow said the stunning events had exposed America's democratic failings. 

"The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards... and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies.

"This is largely the reason for the split in society now observed in the United States."

Moscow has long bristled at US criticism of the state of Russian democracy under President Vladimir Putin, accusing Washington of hypocrisy and condescension.
Jan 07, 2021 18:36 (IST)
When Shirtless Pro-Trump Man In Fur Helmet With Horns Entered Capitol
Among the unprecedented photos that came out of the Capitol on Thursday was of a group of supporters of Donald Trump wearing a costume with horns and holding the Confederate flag and a loudspeaker, inside the halls of the building that represents American democracy.

Many of them are also not wearing mask, despite the threat posed by the raging coronavirus pandemic. The shirtless pro-Trump man seen in a fur hat with horns and brown pants was later seen walking into the large hall where the joint session of Congress was held. The US House and Senate were forced into emergency recess as the mob overran the police.

"This flag better be banned by the end of the year. This is terrorism. They were traitorous then, and they are traitorous now," a Twitter user Katie Clifford said.
Jan 07, 2021 17:36 (IST)
Joe Biden Vows To Restore Faith In US Law With Justice Department Nominees
President-elect Joe Biden will on Thursday lay out his picks to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, including federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to serve as the top law enforcement officer, and vowed to restore faith in the rule of nation's law.

Biden will deliver remarks at 1:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) on his nominees, who include Lisa Monaco for deputy attorney general, Vanita Gupta for associate attorney general and Kristen Clarke for assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Rights Division, his transition office said.

The incoming Democratic president's remarks come a day after Washington suffered the gravest assault on the U.S. Capitol in more than 200 years after President Donald Trump's supporters stormed Congress in a bid to block lawmakers' certification of Biden's presidential victory.
Jan 07, 2021 17:02 (IST)
Top China adviser among White House resignations after Capitol violence
White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger has resigned, joining a number of officials who are leaving the administration of President Donald Trump following the storming of Capitol Hill by his supporters.

Pottinger, a leading figure in the development of Trump's China policy, resigned on Wednesday in response to Trump's reaction to a mob of protesters who breached the U.S Capitol, a senior administration official told Reuters

Pottinger's boss, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, has no plans to quit, the official said.

"A strong national security team remains in place at the State Department, the Department of Defense, Treasury, the intelligence community and the National Security Council."

The official said the team has been making sure there are no foreign threats to the United States prior to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on Jan 20.
Jan 07, 2021 16:44 (IST)
Trump Pledges Orderly Transition After Congress Affirms Biden Win
Outgoing US President Donald Trump on Thursday offered the clearest signal yet that he will voluntarily leave office on January 20, saying there will be an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden's presidency.
Jan 07, 2021 15:49 (IST)
Russians see US democracy 'limping' after Capitol stormed
Russian officials on Thursday pointed to the storming of the US Capitol as evidence of America's decline, with one saying it showed US democracy was "limping on both feet".

After the stunning events in Washington, many in Moscow said the United States was no longer in any position to lecture other countries on freedom and democracy.

Under banners reading "Storm of the Capitol" and "Chaos in Washington", Russian state television showed rolling images of mobs of Donald Trump supporters breaking down barricades and swarming the building, as security forces fired tear gas and police drew guns inside.

"The losing side has more than enough grounds to accuse the winner of falsifications -- it is clear that American democracy is limping on both feet," Konstantin Kosachyov, the chair of the Russian upper house's foreign affairs committee, said in a post on Facebook.

"The celebration of democracy has ended. It has, unfortunately, hit rock bottom, and I say this without a hint of gloating.

"America no longer charts the course and so has lost all right to set it. And, even more so, to impose it on others."
Jan 07, 2021 15:32 (IST)
Israel's Netanyahu condemns US Capitol violence
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned as "disgraceful" violence by supporters of his staunch ally President Donald Trump at the US Capitol building.

Netanyahu made the comments in Jerusalem alongside Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who called the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters "unacceptable".

The Israeli leader said the "rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned."

"I have no doubt that... American democracy will prevail. It always has," added Netanyahu, who has repeatedly called Trump Israel's best-ever friend in the White House.
Jan 07, 2021 14:50 (IST)
US Treasury Secretary Calls Capitol Violence "Unacceptable"

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday called the violence by supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the US Capitol building "unacceptable" and said it was "time to respect the democratic process". "These actions are unacceptable and must stop... Now is the time for our nation to come together as one and to respect the democratic process in the US," Mnuchin said in a joint appearance in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Jan 07, 2021 14:46 (IST)
Trump Concedes Defeat, Pledges "Orderly Transition" After Congress Affirms Biden Win

Outgoing US President Donald Trump on Thursday offered the clearest signal yet that he will voluntarily leave office on January 20, saying there will be an "orderly transition" to Joe Biden's presidency. "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," Trump said in a statement minutes after the US Congress formally certified Biden's victory. "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," he added, hinting at a potential 2024 run.
Jan 07, 2021 14:21 (IST)
US Congress Formally Certifies Joe Biden's Election Win

US lawmakers on Thursday formally certified Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election -- clearing the way for his inauguration on January 20.

Jan 07, 2021 13:37 (IST)
Trump Accused Of 'Coup' As Mob Storms US Capitol, 4 Dead In Violence

Four people died, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill by supporters of Donald Trump who swarmed inside the building amid a session of Congress to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the outgoing president was attempting a coup. Read Here

Jan 07, 2021 13:00 (IST)
2 Top White House Officials Resign After Capitol Violence, More On The Way: Report

Two top aides to first lady Melania Trump resigned on Wednesday in the wake of violence on Capitol Hill, and more top White House officials were considering resigning, including national security adviser Robert O'Brien and his deputy, Matthew Pottinger, sources familiar with the matter said.
Jan 07, 2021 12:47 (IST)
Former US Presidents Denounce Capitol Violence

Every living former US president on Wednesday denounced the violence of a mob that stormed the Capitol building in Washington, forcing lawmakers to flee to safety and leaving one woman dead. The crowd, made up of supporters of President Donald Trump, opposed the certification underway in Congress of Joe Biden's presidential election win in November.  George W. Bush called out fellow Republicans for fueling the "insurrection," likening the situation to a "banana republic." "I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions and our law enforcement," Bush's statement said, in a barely veiled swipe at Trump. 
Jan 07, 2021 12:44 (IST)
US Congress Reconvenes To Certify Joe Biden Win After Mobs Invade Capitol

Congress gavelled back into session late Wednesday to resume the process of certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory, after a mob protesting Donald Trump's defeat violently invaded the US Capitol and plunged Washington into chaos. "As we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy," Vice President Mike Pence said as he reopened the Senate session.
Jan 07, 2021 12:23 (IST)
"Nothing Will Stop Us," Tweeted Woman Before She Was Shot Dead In Capitol

The woman who was fatally shot as Donald Trump's backers stormed the US Capitol Wednesday was Ashli Babbitt, a "strong supporter" of the president who had served in the United States Air Force, according to press reports.  Violence erupted in the normally solemn home of the US legislature after hundreds of protesters seeking to overturn Trump's election loss swarmed the building in Washington.

Jan 07, 2021 12:16 (IST)
Pro-Trump protesters clash with Capitol police during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.

Jan 07, 2021 11:59 (IST)
Trump Summoned Supporters To "Wild" Protest. And They Did

The chaos in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday unfolded after President Donald Trump spent weeks whipping up his supporters with false allegations of fraud in the Nov. 3 election, culminating in a call to march to the building that represents U.S. democracy.
Jan 07, 2021 11:53 (IST)
In Videos Online, The Horror Of US Capitol Storming By Trump Supporters

Windows were smashed, offices ransacked, and a trail of destruction was left behind as thousands of supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump's swarmed the Capitol Hill in Washington DC today. Shocking videos, shared widely on social media, shows a rampaging mob climbing on rafters, ripping down the country's flags and roaming the Senate chamber. Read Here
Jan 07, 2021 11:46 (IST)
"Beautiful Sight": China Goes Online To Mock US Capitol Chaos

China's internet erupted in mirth at America's troubled democracy after supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol, comparing the chaos to the Hong Kong anti-government protests of 2019. On Thursday morning, state media tabloid Global Times tweeted side-by-side photo comparisons of Hong Kong protesters occupying the city's Legislative Council Complex in July 2019 with Wednesday's Washington riots.





Jan 07, 2021 11:40 (IST)
Jan 07, 2021 11:38 (IST)
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has condemned the violence that took place at the US Capitol building.
Jan 07, 2021 11:12 (IST)
Washington DC Mayor Extends Public Emergency for Next 15 Days
Jan 07, 2021 10:27 (IST)
Barack Obama Calls Attack On US Congress "A Moment Of Great Dishonor"

Former president Barack Obama blamed Donald Trump and Republicans for the attack on the US Congress Wednesday, calling it "a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation." "But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise," Obama said, adding that it was "incited" by Trump, "who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election."
Jan 07, 2021 10:13 (IST)
Can Trump Be Removed Before His Term Ends On January 20?

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday has prompted calls by some Congressional Democrats to remove him from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20. The chaotic scenes here unfolded after Republican Trump, who has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, addressed thousands of protesters and repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him.
Jan 07, 2021 10:12 (IST)
Cabinet Members Discussing Trump's Removal After Capitol Attack: Reports

Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet on Wednesday discussed the possibility of removing Trump from office after his supporters stormed the Capitol, three US news channels reported. The discussions focused on the 25th amendment to the US Constitution, which allows for a president's removal by the vice president and cabinet if he is judged "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."
Jan 07, 2021 09:56 (IST)
Gunshots, Broken Glass As Trump Supporters Breach US Capitol

Security officers in dark suits drew their pistols and trained them on the shouting mob trying to smash their way through the door of the normally sedate House of Representatives chamber. The extraordinary scene unfolded amid the unprecedented assault on the U.S. Congress by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Jan 07, 2021 09:11 (IST)
Cabinet Members Discussing Trump's Removal: US Media

Members of President Donald Trump's cabinet on Wednesday discussed the possibility of removing Trump from office after his supporters stormed the Capitol, three US news channels reported. The discussions focused on the 25th amendment to the US Constitution, which allows for a president's removal by the vice president and cabinet if he is judged "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."  Invoking it would require Vice President Michael Pence to lead the cabinet in a vote on removing him. CNN quoted unnamed Republican leaders saying the 25th amendment had been discussed, saying they had described Trump as "out of control."
Jan 07, 2021 08:48 (IST)
Trump's Instagram Account Locked For 24 Hours
Jan 07, 2021 08:47 (IST)
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews resigns from the Trump Administration in response to today's events, reports Fox News.

Jan 07, 2021 08:38 (IST)
"Peaceful Transfer Of Power Must Continue": PM On US Capitol Violence

The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he expressed shock at the storming of the US Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump. "Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue," PM Modi said. Read Here

Jan 07, 2021 08:00 (IST)
US Businesses Condemn Capitol 'Chaos,' Blame Trump
Major US corporations and businesses groups on Wednesday condemned the occupation of the US Capitol by rioters angry at President Donald Trump's election defeat, with one organization raising the possibility of the president being removed from office. The statements came on a shocking day for the United States, which saw mobs overrun Congress after a rally by Trump, who had sought to thwart the process of lawmakers certifying election results.
Jan 07, 2021 07:56 (IST)
Bill Clinton Decries "Unprecedented Assault" On US Capitol, Country

Bill Clinton denounced Wednesday's riot in Washington by pro-Trump mobs as an "unprecedented assault" on the US Capitol and the nation itself, and blamed outgoing president Donald Trump for fomenting the violence. "Today we faced an unprecedented assault on our Capitol, our Constitution, and our country," the Democratic former president said in a statement, adding that the attack was fueled by "four years of poison politics" and deliberate misinformation. "The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost."
Jan 07, 2021 07:54 (IST)
World Leaders Condemn 'Assault On Democracy' At US Capitol

World leaders and governments on Wednesday expressed shock and outrage at the storming of the US Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Jan 07, 2021 07:53 (IST)
Twitter, Facebook Freeze Trump Accounts As Tech Giants Respond To Storming Of US Capitol

Twitter and Facebook Inc on Wednesday temporarily locked the accounts of US President Donald Trump, as tech giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the US presidential elections amid riots at the US Capitol.
Jan 07, 2021 07:03 (IST)
Obama: attack on US Congress "great shame" but not surprising
Former president Barack Obama blamed Donald Trump and Republicans for the attack on the US Congress Wednesday, calling it "a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation."

"But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise," Obama said, adding that it was "incited" by Trump, "who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election."

Obama also singled out the Republican party and its media supporters, whom he said have "too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth" about Democrat Joe Biden's strong victory in the November 3 election.

Jan 07, 2021 07:02 (IST)
Tim Cook denounces attack on US Capitol
"Today marks a sad and shameful chapter in our nation's history. Those responsible for this insurrection should be held to account, and we must complete the transition to President-elect Biden's administration. It's especially when they are challenged that our ideals matter most," Tim Cook said on Twiiter.

Jan 07, 2021 05:37 (IST)
Woman shot in US Capitol unrest dies: police
A woman who was shot as President Donald Trump's supporters invaded the US Capitol on Wednesday has died, a Washington police spokeswoman said.

Alaina Gertz offered no details on who the woman was or the circumstances of the shooting, which is now under investigation by the metropolitan police.

Unverified videos appear to show a woman who was part of the protests on the floor inside the Capitol and bleeding after gunfire erupted momentarily.
Jan 07, 2021 04:17 (IST)
Twitter limits reach of tweets stoking US Capitol unrest
Twitter on Wednesday began limiting the reach of tweets stoking an assault of the US Capitol by a mob intent on overturning the election results.

"We have been significantly restricting engagement with tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence," the Twitter support team said.

"This means these labeled tweets will not be able to be replied to, retweeted, or liked."

Twitter and other social platforms were facing challenges amid the unrest after President Donald Trump, a fervent Twitter user, had rallied supporters in the capital city as Congress was set to certify the November election won by Joe Biden.


Jan 07, 2021 03:32 (IST)
Joe Biden Brands Capitol Violence "Insurrection", Ask Trump To Call Off Siege

President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday denounced the storming of the US Capitol as an "insurrection" and demanded President Donald Trump go on television to call an end to the violent "siege."

"At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault," the veteran Democrat said in Wilmington, after hundreds of Trump supporters protesting his election defeat swarmed the Capitol building and put the nation's lawmakers at risk.

"I call on President Trump to go on national television now to... demand an end to this siege," Biden said. "To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, the floor of the United States Senate... threatening the safety of duly elected officials? It's not a protest, it's insurrection."


Jan 07, 2021 03:28 (IST)
EU Condemns "Ässault On US Democracy"
The EU's foreign policy chief condemned as an "assault on US democracy" the storming of the US Congress on Wednesday by thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump.

"In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege," the official, Josep Borrell, tweeted.

"This is an unseen assault on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected."


Jan 07, 2021 03:01 (IST)
"We Love You": Trump Tells Supporters Who Stormed US Capitol
Trump tells supporters who stormed US Capitol, "We love you", reported news agency AFP.
Jan 07, 2021 03:00 (IST)
"Asking For Everyone At US Capitol To Remain Peaceful," Tweets Donald Trump
"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!" tweeted US President Donald Trump.
Jan 07, 2021 02:59 (IST)

Jan 07, 2021 02:57 (IST)

Jan 07, 2021 02:55 (IST)
"Go Home": Trump Urges Supporters After US Capitol Storming
President Donald Trump tells supporters to "go home" after storming of US Capitol, reported news agency AFP.
Jan 07, 2021 02:51 (IST)
Boris Johnson Condemns "Disgraceful Scenes" In Washington
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today condemned the "disgraceful scenes" at the US Congress by Donald Trump supporters and urged a peaceful transition to Democrat Joe Biden's presidency, reported news agency AFP. "Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power," Johnson said on Twitter.
Jan 07, 2021 02:49 (IST)
US Capitol Violence "Insurrection", Says President-Elect Joe Biden
President-elect Biden brands US Capitol violence an "insurrection", reported news agency AFP.
Jan 07, 2021 02:48 (IST)
"Stop Trampling On Democracy," German Foreign Minister Tells US Protesters
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today called on supporters of President Donald Trump to "stop trampling on democracy" after they smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions, reported news agency AFP. "Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of American voters and stop trampling on democracy," he tweeted.
Jan 07, 2021 02:47 (IST)
"Violence, Destruction Taking Place At US Capitol Must Stop, Must Stop Now," Tweets Mike Pence
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence called for violence at the US Capitol to "stop now" after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building, reported news agency AFP. Mike Pence had been presiding over a joint session of Congress to certify Democrat Joe Biden's election victory when protesters who had attended a Trump rally nearby swarmed the Capitol.  "The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now," Pence said in a tweet.
Jan 07, 2021 02:46 (IST)
Biden Denounces "Unprecedented Assault" On US Democracy As Trump Supporters Enter Capitol
"At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on people's representatives and the Capitol Hill police, sworn to protect them," Says US President-Elect Joe Biden, reported news agency ANI.
Jan 07, 2021 02:45 (IST)
US National Guard Activated To Help Quell Election Protests
National Guard troops are being mobilized in Washington and neighboring states after protesters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday, the White House and Pentagon said, reported news agency AFP. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet that Trump had directed the callup of National Guard troops "along with other federal protective services" to deal with the unrest.


Jan 07, 2021 02:45 (IST)
Biden Urges Trump To Call For End To Capitol "Siege" On TV
Biden urges Trump to go on TV to call for end to Capitol 'siege', reported news agency AFP.
Jan 07, 2021 02:43 (IST)
"Shocking Scenes In Washington," Tweets NATO Chief As Trump Supporters Enter Capitol
"Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected," tweets NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.

Jan 07, 2021 02:38 (IST)
One Shot, Wounded Inside US Capitol
A person was shot and wounded Wednesday inside the US Capitol amid chaotic scenes in Washington as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building in anger over his election defeat.

"One shooting victim was transported from the Capitol," a person attached to an emergency response unit told news agency AFP, adding that there were "other injuries" in the chaotic protests and that the situation remained fluid.
Jan 07, 2021 02:20 (IST)
US lawmakers denounce "coup" as Trump supporters storm Congress
US lawmakers decried an attempted "coup" against the US government Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions.

"A mob storming the US Capitol to overturn an election. A coup in progress," said Representative Val Demings in a tweet.

"This is anarchy. This is an attempted coup. And it's happening in America because of lawless lawmakers," added another congressman, Seth Moulton.

Others also characterizing the assault as a coup attempt blamed Trump for inciting the protesters, who halted the confirmation by Congress of Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 election.

"The president is inciting domestic terrorism," said Representative Mark Pocan.

Jan 07, 2021 02:19 (IST)
Trump tells supporters to "stay peaceful"
President Donald Trump called for "peaceful" protests on Wednesday after his supporters stormed the Capitol following a rally during which he urged Congress to reject Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.

"Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement," Trump said on Twitter more than an hour after protesters breached a security cordon.

"They are truly on the side of our Country," Trump said. "Stay peaceful!"

The House of Representatives and Senate went into recess as protesters disrupted a session called to certify the Electoral College votes from the November 3 presidential election.