Outgoing US President Donald Trump has promised an "orderly" transfer of power after a tumultuous 24 hours in Washington DC in which rioters stormed Congress and lawmakers finally confirmed incoming president Joe Biden's election victory.
"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 early on Thursday as he continued to promote allegations of voter fraud.
"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!" Trump said.
It was Trump's first acknowledgement of his defeat in the November 3 election.
The message was issued via his social media director Dan Scavino, as the president's personal Twitter account was locked, following comments he published that some say spurred the attack on the US Capitol by his loyalists on Wednesday.
Fellow social media giant Facebook banned Trump from his accounts indefinitely on Thursday, citing his intent to "undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power".
US lawmakers finally certified Biden's election win in the early hours of Thursday after the count in Congress of Electoral College votes passed the 270 mark.
He received 306, as has been projected for almost two months.
The joint session of Congress had been abruptly halted hours earlier after rioters breached both chambers of the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to flee and hunker down until the siege ended.
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