Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07 Jan, 2021 19:15 am

Trump acknowledges Biden's win, announces there will be orderly transition

Trump acknowledges Biden's win, announces there will be orderly transition
President Donald Trump for the first time acknowledged his defeat in the Nov. 3 election and announced there would be an "orderly transition on January 20th" after Congress concluded the electoral vote count early Thursday certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Instead, a White House official said, most of Trump's attention was consumed by his ire at Vice President Mike Pence, who defied Trump's demands by acknowledging he did not have the power to unliterally choose the next president." The violence, coupled with the president's tepid response, alarmed many in the White House and appeared to push Republicans allies to the breaking point after years of allegiance to Trump.After four years with no shortage of fraught moments, Wednesday's events quickly emerged as the nadir of morale in the Trump White House, as aides looked on in horror at the chaos at the Capitol Trump had fomented.A number of White House aides were discussing a potential mass resignation, according to people familiar with the conversation.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's chief of staff and a former White House press secretary, submitted her resignation Wednesday.Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, White House social secretary Rickie Niceta and deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews also resigned, according to officials.

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