“Trump, facing removal threats, concedes election”, Politico

By Anita Kumar and Mathew Choi, 01/07/2021

In a video statement, the president called for unity after Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol, but some say it came too late.

In the face of growing calls for his removal, President Donald Trump finally acknowledged on Thursday night that he’d lost the presidential election to Joe Biden and called for the country to come together.

In a video released by the White House, Trump delivered what has become the customary statement most unsuccessful candidates issue hours after an election, though he never congratulated Biden or even uttered his name.

“We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high,” he said. “But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.”

Trump said he would focus his final days in office on ensuring a smooth transition of power.

“Now Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20,” he said. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”