U.S President Donald Trump has promised to prosecute his supporters who invaded and destroyed government properties at Capitol Hill.
He made this in a video posted on his Twitter account, hours after he was suspended. The US leader was banned on Twitter and Facebook after he was alleged to have instigated Capitol Hill riot that led to the death of a woman and the destruction of properties.
However, Trump vowed to punish the perpetrators for violating the tenets of US law and democratic principles.
He said: “Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. “I immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruder. America is and must always be a nation of law and order.
“The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defied the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in acts of violence and destruction… you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay.
“We’ve just been through an intense election and emotions are high but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.
“My campaign vigorously pursued very legal avenue to contest the election result. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the election and in so doing, I was fighting to defend America’s democracy.
“I continue to believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility above others and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections.
“Now Congress has certified the results, a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now turns to ensuring an orderly and seamless transition of power.
“This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
To his “wonderful supporters”, he said: “I know you are disappointed but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021