Boris Johnson said Donald Trump was ‘completely wrong ’ to encourage supporters to storm the Capitol yesterday and to cast doubt on the US election result.
The prime minister spoke at a press conference from Downing Street this evening following scenes in Washington DC yesterday where four people died.
He said: ‘On the United States and the election, I want to say that all my life America has stood for some very important things. An idea of freedom and an idea of democracy.
‘In so far as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol and in so far as the President consistently has cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election, I believe that that was completely wrong.Advertisement Advertisement
‘I think what President Trump has been saying about that has been completely wrong and I unreservedly condemn encouraging people to behave in the disgraceful way that they did in the Capitol.
‘All I can say is that I ’m very pleased that the President Elect has now been properly, duly confirmed in office and that democracy has prevailed. ’
Early yesterday, Donald Trump said he would ‘never concede ’ and told thousands of supporters that they should walk down the National Mall to the Capitol to give lawmakers ‘the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country ’.
‘If you don ’t fight like hell, you ’re not going to have a country anymore, ’ he said. ‘Let the weak ones get out, ’ he went on. ‘This is a time for strength. ’
His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the crowd, “Let ’s have trial by combat.”
The President was blocked from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely today after posting a video in the aftermath of the chaos continuing to insist that the election was ‘stolen ’ and that he ‘loved ’ those who were rioting – though he said that they should go home and avoid violence.
As the world watched yesterday, a mob of people, some wielding metal pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons against law enforcement, stormed. the Capitol building and began trashing it.Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber (Picture: AP) Supporters of US President Donald Trump in the Capitol Rotunda after breaching Capitol security (Picture: EPA) One rioter sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Picture: Getty) Rioters clash with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors (Picture: Rex)
The chief of the US Capitol PoliceSteven Sund issued a statement saying the rioting protesters ‘actively attacked ’ police officers and ‘were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage ’.
A police officer shot and killed one person, who Mr Sund identified as Ashli Babbitt. Three others died from medical emergencies.
Mr Sund did not identify the officer but said they would be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Police said they recovered two pipe bombs, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee and a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.
Mr Sund defended his agency ’s response from criticism that officers did not stop the incursion.
He says his agency ‘had a robust plan ’ for what he anticipated would be peaceful protests, but what occurred Wednesday was ‘criminal riotous behaviour ’.Advertisement Advertisement
He said more than 50 Capitol and Washington police officers were injured and several Capitol Police officers were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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