The outgoing president said that “we have just been through an intense election and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored.” His comments came a day after he told a massive crowd of supporters in Washington, which then stormed the U.S. Capitol, that he would “never concede” the election.
The crowd marched at Mr. Trump ’s urging to the Capitol, where thousands fought with police, stormed the building and forced their way in to stop lawmakers from counting the Electoral College results. Mr. Trump did not accept any responsibility for the episode, although his former attorney general has blamed him for inciting a mob.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, in a video message posted to social media, told supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power to “go home” but kept up false election attacks and called backers “very special.” “After initially blocking any retweets, replies, likes or quote tweets, Twitter went on to remove the video altogether and locked Trump's account for 12 hours and said his account could be permanently suspended if there were other violations. The same video was posted to Facebook but was later removed by the company.
Facebook later announced it had placed a 24-hour block on Trump's page for “policy violations.” “We removed a video posted this afternoon to DonaldTrump's channel that violated our policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Election,” Far shad Shad loo, Head of Policy Communications, said.
The video was posted after President-elect Joe Biden called the violent protests “an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people's business. Trump had urged his supporters to come to Washington to protest Congress's formal approval of Biden's win.
Several Republican lawmakers backed his calls, despite there being no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing in the election. Other Republican lawmakers and previous administration officials had begged Trump to give a statement to his supporters to quell the violence.
But Mr Trump also continued to promote his claims the election, won by Joe Biden, was “stolen” in the video, and added the protesters were “very special”. Mr Trump ’s claims of electoral fraud have been dismissed by independent observers and a number of legal challenges launched by his campaign were unsuccessful.
The Verge reported that while Mr Trump ’s video will be removed, other channels will be able to feature it in an “educational” or informative context. YouTube introduced a new context policy in December forbidding content that alleges voter raise without evidence in the wake of the US election.
A warning on the video message reads: “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this tweet can't be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.” Donald Trump news: Rioters targeted media personnel at the site, destroying cameras and seeing off reporters (Image: TWITTER / WILLIAM Burton)Because of social media companies issuing warnings on the President’s false tweets about the US election, Mr Trump has called for new legislation restricting their rights.
In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, ABC News’ Kyra Phillips reports on multiple cases where President Donald Trump ’s words have been cited in acts of violence. Facebook and Twitter moved to suspend President Trump's accounts after the violence at the U.S. Capitol this week.
ABC News contributor discuss what led to the companies' decisions and what's next. Democrats said that President Donald Trump should be impeached for “inciting sedition” Wednesday and some Republicans in Congress are privately discussing his removal, according to sources.
President Trump has suggested to advisers that he wants to grant himself a pardon before leaving office, sources familiar with the discussions told ABC News. Some members of the Cabinet are considering invoking the 25th Amendment after the president’s refusal to call in the National Guard during Wednesday’s riots, sources told ABC News.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president following Wednesday's rioting at the Capitol. “If we're not going to use the 25th Amendment ... than I'm not clear what it's really for,” the Delaware senator said in reaction to the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
Tom Pennington/Getty Images President Trump for the first time acknowledged a new administration would take over on Jan. 20 in a video released Thursday evening. The video comes after lawmakers called for invoking the 25th amendment and removing him from office, following the assault Wednesday by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol that left four civilians dead.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and at least one Republican led calls for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Mr. Trump from office. “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg said.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said she would be resigning effective Monday, saying what unfolded on Wednesday has “deeply troubled me in a way I simply cannot set aside.” A senior administration official earlier told CBS News that the D.C. National Guard was activated on Wednesday after Pence contacted Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Miller and acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller.
Donald Trump has been accused of lying about his response to Wednesday's riots after he claimed that he had called up the National Guard to quell the unrest, when it was widely reported to have been Mike Pence who took control. After more than 24 hours of public silence since his supporters stormed the Capitol, Trump released a short video where he blasted the 'heinous' attack and called for national 'healing' and an 'orderly' and 'seamless' transition to a new administration.
'I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. CNN, NBC, The New York Times and others all reported that it was Pence, not Trump, who spoke to the Pentagon and called up the Guard.
Kaitlin Collins, CNN's White House correspondent, tweeted: Trump did not immediately deploy the National Guard yesterday, as he claims in his video. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, member of the House representing New York, pointed to the Pentagon's statement about the deployment, which did not mention Trump but did say they had been in contact with Pence.
Protester Ash Rabbit, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, was named Wednesday as the first casualty after being shot dead by an officer. The three other Trump fanatics who died were named Thursday as Benjamin Phillips, 50; Kevin Gleeson, 55; and Roseanne Boy land, 34.
Brian Sick nick, pictured, was named last night as the officer who died in the mob attack on the US Congress on Wednesday Sic nick collapsed in his division office on Wednesday and was hospitalized on life support before passing away at about 9.30pm Thursday, USCG said in a statement.
The force's union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou told WUSA9 that Sick nick suffered a stroke during the riots while the New York Times reported that he was also hit by the fire extinguisher. It is not known where in the Capitol Sick nick was stationed as hundreds of Trump loyalists violently forced their way into the building in a bid to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory.
Trump's speech, despite his lie about the National Guard, marked an astonishing change of tone which came minutes after it was revealed that a cop had died after defending the Capitol from the MAGA mob. He tweeted the video after being banned from Twitter for dangerous rhetoric and as he faced new calls for his impeachment and for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
His press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, issued a brief statement about the situation at the Capitol about two hours earlier, speaking for only a few minutes and not taking questions. Flight information indicated he had nixed a possible weekend trip to Camp David that would have taken him out of Washington amid the turmoil.
Another push came in an editorial in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal amid a flood of Democratic impeachment calls. 'If Mr. Trump wants to avoid a second impeachment, his best path would be to take personal responsibility and resign,' said the editorial.
Even on Thursday, Biden's nominee of Merrick Garland to be attorney general got overshadowed by blow back from the mayhem in the Capitol. I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders.
America is and must always be a nation of law and order, the demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results, my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.
The mayor of Washington has put the city on an alert footing through inauguration, Capitol police are expanding the security perimeter around the Capitol to prepare for inauguration, and some officials are warning of more potential mayhem from Trump's supporters, after the president's drumbeat of claims the election was 'rigged' and 'stolen' from him. 'This moment calls for healing and reconciliation,' said Trump, who spent using his tweeter feed to attack his political rivals.
It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity community and family,' said Trump. Pelosi applied pressure to Vice President Mike Pence and urged him to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and former OMB Director and White House Chief of Staff Mick Juliana 'What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate first amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard, in our nation's capital,' McEnany said in condemning the siege of the Capitol building by pro- Trump demonstrators.
'Speaker Pelosi and I tried to call the vice president this morning to tell him to do this,' Schumer told reporters in New York Thursday. She used stark language beyond even the tough talk of impeachment in last December and January, accusing him of crimes against the nation he leads.
'In calling for this seditious act, the president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people,' said Pelosi. Unlike 2019 and 2020 she has just days to force through an impeachment, but this time has a far greater chance that 12 Republican senators join the Democrats to convict after some openly expressed disgust for the president or his actions.
They mention his Jan. 2 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, where he asked the official to 'find' 11,780 votes that would give him victory. Biden made the statement at the top of his announcement of his nominee for attorney general, explaining he wants to 'focus on the ideas today' instead.
Sen. Tim Scott stops to look at damage in the early morning hours of Thursday after protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals with presidential authority in the event of death or removal from office, and was ratified in 1967, in the wake of John F Kennedy's assassination.
Or another possibility is that the pool of 'principal officers' is considered to be bigger than the 15 and a majority of that group call Trump incapable. If either of both chambers fell short of that mark, Trump would retain his powers and likely embark on a wholesale housecleaning, firing Pence and replacing disloyal Cabinet members.
That commission could hypothetically include anyone from presidential historians to psychiatrists, entrusted to assess the president's fitness for office. In some departments' legislation appears to name not just the secretary but deputies and even undersecretaries as 'principal officers', so many more people could be called in to the assessment of Trump's fitness.
But installing a more loyal VP could be problematic since the 25th Amendment includes its own poison pill: Both houses of Congress must vote to approve a new vice president. Theoretically, a Democratic-controlled Congress could make life dramatically more difficult for the president if it came into power in the midst of the constitutional crisis.
One scenario has appeared to stump presidential historians, however: Firing Pence before the process is underway, and then leaving the vice presidency vacant, would give Congress no practical way forward. In December 1978, President Jimmy Carter thought about invoking Section III when he was contemplating a surgical procedure to remove hemorrhoids.
Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both voluntarily relinquished their powers while undergoing procedures under anesthetic. The PBS documentary 'American Experience' recounts how Baker and his team watched Reagan closely for signs of incapacity during their first meeting and decided he was in perfect command of himself.
Several Trump cabinet members serve on an 'acting' basis and have not been confirmed by the Senate, lowering the number from the threshold of 16 department heads who would take part in a 25th Amendment scenario. Half the cabinet would have to vote, and Pence would then submit information to the Congress, making him acting president while other processes go forward.
Former White House acting chief of staff Mick Juliana quit his diplomatic post in protest of the effort to 'overtake the government.' 'I can't do it,' said Juliana, who called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another former House Republican, to convey his views.
I can't stay,' he said, relinquishing his post as special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland in the final weeks of the Trump Administration. Agriculture secretary Sonny Purdue said he was not quitting and had not discussed the 25th Amendment with Pence or anyone else, CNN reported.
Thousands of DonaldTrump's most fervent supporters descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the results of the presidential election and obstruct Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday,' Wolf said.
Supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday amid questions over how they breached security so easily A woman was shot in the chest on Wednesday afternoon after chaotic scenes broke out when dozens of Trump supporters breached security perimeters at the Capitol.
The siege brought a hours-long halt to what is usually the solemn democratic ritual of putting a final seal on the election result. When lawmakers eventually returned to their chambers, the Republicans trying to resist Biden's victory found that their numbers had dwindled, and all of their objections were voted down.
The spectacle of a violent gang rampaging through the legislature trying to overturn an election result prompted outrage and anguish from America's fellow democracies, with Britain's Boris Johnson condemning the 'disgraceful scenes' and Germany's Angela Merkel saying she was 'furious and saddened' by the chaos. It was also seized on by America's authoritarian rivals to mock the state of US democracy, with Iran calling it 'fragile and vulnerable' and Russia saying that the election system 'does not meet modern democratic standards'.
The president was banished from Twitter for 12 hours Wednesday due to violating the company's rules meaning he could not vent on his favorite medium. The ban was due to expire at 5am Thursday morning, but there was no immediate word on whether Trump's access had been restored.
Protesters broke windows to gain access to the Capitol as lawmakers were whisked to safety on Wednesday afternoon America's authoritarian rivals have delighted in the chaos at the Capitol, with Iran reveling in the 'fragility of Western democracy' and Venezuela mimicking the kind of criticism it usually receives from Washington.
'The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle,' Sakharov said. And in Venezuela, parodying the kind of statements that usually come from Washington, authorities expressed 'concern' about the violence while calling for the US follow a path of 'stability' and 'social justice'.
Although Trump still refuses to accept he lost the election, his early-morning statement was the first time he had fully acknowledged that he will be leaving the White House on January 20. The president has spent the last two months refusing to concede and lobbing baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud, even though his own Justice Department, federal courts and state governments have said repeatedly the vote was carried out freely and fairly.
Twitter has suspended DonaldTrump's account for 12 hours and for the first time deleted his tweets after he praised the mob who stormed Congress and said he 'loved' them. 'As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,' the social media company said.
The vice president, who chaired the special joint session as provided under the Constitution, called it a 'dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.' 'But thanks to the swift efforts of the U.S. Capitol Police, federal, state and local law enforcement, the violence was quelled.
The most senior was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who claimed that persisting was proof that Congress was not cowed by violence. 'We may not disagree on a lot in America but tonight, we must show the world that we will respectfully, but thoroughly carry out the most basic duties of democracy, we will continue with the task that we have been sent here to do.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveled his request down, later explaining that he wasn't quick enough, saying it needed to happen 'exactly when the words are spoken.' Nearby, a scuffle among lawmakers nearly broke out involving Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican, and Rep. Colin Allied, a Texas Democrat, according to Capitol Hill reporters.
As 2 am neared, Rep Conor Lamb (pictured), a Pennsylvania Democrat who represents the Pittsburgh area, unloaded on the Republicans who objected to the vote from his state Speaker Nancy Pelosi reopened the House of Representatives Wednesday night with a vow to stay as long as it takes to certify the election and Joe Biden's victory.
'We know that we're in difficult times, but little could we have imagined the assault, that was made on our democracy,' she said in reference to the pro- Trump insurgents who tried to stop the Joint Session. Shortly before all House members were evacuated around 2.30pm, Capitol Police approached Pelosi, who was presiding over the chamber from the speaker's rostrum, telling her she had to leave.
Pelosi didn't make a fuss and turned over her duties to House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern. Some Republican senators backed down from the original plan to object after pro- Trump insurgents rushed the Capitol.
But House Republican Leader McCarthy said it was lawmakers' duty to conduct 'healthy debate' and to hear 'valid concerns about election integrity.' We may not disagree on a lot in America but tonight, we must show the world that we will respectfully, but thoroughly carry out the most basic duties of democracy, we will continue with the task that we have been sent here to do.
Among Republicans bailing on the plan to contest the results was Sen. James Lank ford of Oklahoma, known as an institutionalism before he signed onto the effort by Sen. Ted Cruz Among Republicans bailing on the plan to contest the results was Sen. James Lank ford of Oklahoma, known as an institutionalism before he signed onto the effort by Sen. Ted Cruz.
'Why in god's name would someone think attacking law enforcement occupying United States Capitol is the best way to show that you're right? Lank ford had been on the Senate floor defending the opposition to votes in states Biden won when officials evacuated the chamber and locked down the Capitol.
Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Offer, who lost her race in the early hours Wednesday to Democratic Rev. 'Obviously the commission that we've asked for is not going to happen at this point and I understand that, and we're headed towards tonight towards the certification of Joe Biden to be the President of the United States,' he said.
'Having a commission chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Roberts is not going to get you to where you want to go, it ain't going to work,' Graham said. Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Offer, who lost her race in the early hours Wednesday to Democratic Rev.
The newly minted Sen. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican, who had joined Sen. Ted Cruz's 'dirty dozen,' seemed to still back the effort in his debut floor speech. Marshall said he backed the creation of an electoral commission to give states to constructive suggestions' going forward, due to the 'jarring irregularities' he claimed took place in the 2020 race.
It's unclear if Marshall would back additional challenges in states going forward, as the Senate's discussion was only focused on Electoral College votes in Arizona. Republican Congressman Thomas Reed announced he is against the GOP objections to the certification, earning a round of applause from Democrats.
Reed walked to the Democratic side of the House to speak about his opposition, citing the day's violence in the Capitol as the reason. Gaeta cited the conservative newspaper The Washington Times when he spoke on the House floor to defend Republican objections to the electoral college votes in some states won by Biden.
'The Washington Times has just reported, some pretty compelling evidence from a facial recognition company, showing that some people who breached the Capitol today, were not Trump supporters, they were masquerading as Trump supporters, and in fact, we're members of the violet terrorist group Antifa,' he said as Democrats loudly booed him. Gaeta, a frequent guest at Trump's Florida residence Mar-A-Lago, also defended the president, who was criticized by many, including members of the Republican Party, for his lackluster response to the riots.
He had initially encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol after a rally earlier in the afternoon before asking them only to remain peaceful when violence broke out. Anyone inside a building at the Capitol complex was instructed to take cover in an office with doors locked.
But just before 8pm lawmakers who had been whisked to safety when the siege kicked off began arriving back at the Capitol to resume the Joint Session to certify the Electoral College count of the presidential election. A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, who is residing over the Joint Session, said he was already in the building because he'd never left.
The chaotic scenes unfolded soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and urged them to march to the Capitol. The protesters organized via far-right social media sites, including Gab and Parker, telling each other the best routes to avoid police on their way to the Capitol.
Minutes after Biden's address, Trump posted his own video telling his mob of supporters that he 'loves' them, but to 'go home'. The president then posted another tweet reiterating his false claim that the election was stolen and encouraging supporters to 'remember this day'.
'These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,' he tweeted. Capitol Police used tear gas as hundreds of people were seen climbing the marble steps outside the building.
Donald Trump told his mob of supporters that he 'loves' them, but to 'go home' after they rampaged past police barriers to storm the U.S. Capitol. But despite calling for his supporters to stand down, he continued to peddle the baseless claims that the 'election was stolen' in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
One video posted on TikTok appeared to show a group of about four officers standing by as protesters pushed past a barricade near the Capitol building. The chaos caused the Capitol to go on lockdown and disrupted the certification of the electoral college vote that would cement Biden's victory.
Meanwhile, the president continued to direct his rage at Pence, who earlier announced he would not single-handedly overturn the election results from his position of the chair. Protesters have routinely disrupted televised hearings while in progress and even events inside the House chamber.
There were occasions after September 11th when the building was placed on lockdown and people were ordered to leave, but this usually happened when suspicious packages were discovered. When the building is open, as it was before the pandemic, members of the public are not allowed to walk escorted on the second floor where lawmakers enter and exit the legislative chambers.
Police deploy a stream of tear gas a protester occupying the Capitol grounds on Wednesday Protesters swarmed into the Kansas statehouse in Topeka and gathered inside the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda, though the rally remained orderly, television station Kant reported.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said on Twitter that he had instructed city agencies to close municipal offices early in Colorado's state capital 'out of an abundance of caution' after about 700 demonstrators gathered at the statehouse downtown. A major courthouse complex and two other government buildings in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, were also ordered closed due to protests near the statehouse.
Among those whose daily routines were altered were aides to Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, the Republican election official pressured by Trump in a weekend telephone call to 'find' enough additional votes for the president to overturn the November victory of President-elect Joe Biden, due to take office in two weeks. Raffensperger's spokesman, Walter Jones, said staff left their offices after lunch out of an abundance of caution because of protests.
A Utah state police spokesman said security had been beefed up at the Capitol, though he said protesters there were 'very peaceful,' the Tribune reported. Several hundred Trump supporters also staged a 'Stop the Steal' rally at the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix, cheering and jeering while exhibiting a guillotine.
Trump has tried to put the blame on Pence for his expected loss on Wednesday but the president also lacks support among the majority of senators in his own party, which dooms his efforts for a congressional overthrow of the results. Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations the election was rigged, of which there has been no proof and no court has upheld, in a likely peace offering to the president.
In a letter Wednesday, Pence said, 'It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution contains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not' 'As a student of history who loves the constitution and reveres its Framers, I do not believe that the Founds of our country intended to invest the vice president with unilateral authority to decide which electoral votes should be counted during the Joint Session of Congress and no Vice President in American history has ever asserted such authority,' Pence noted.
He added vice presidents in the past have conducted 'the proceedings in an orderly manner even where the count resulted in the defeat of their party or their own candidacy'. 'It is my considered judgement that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,' he said.
He concluded his letter with a prayer to God: 'When the Joint Session of Congress convenes today, I will do my duty to see to it that we open the certificates of electors of the several states, we hear objections raised by Senators and Representatives, and we count the votes of the Electoral College for President and Vice President in a manner consistent with our Constitution, laws and history. Pelosi reminded lawmakers that only 11 members from each party were allowed on the House floor at a time due to social distancing.
Democrats said we don't care what the law says they went to a court got an Obama appointed judge to extend in 18 days,' Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, complained of Arizona When the certification process got underway shortly after 1pm Wednesday, lawmakers got through Alabama and Alaska, two states that went for Trump, before the first objection was filed for Arizona.
Rep. Paul Goal, an Arizona Republican, objected to his state's Electoral College votes going to Biden and Harris. On the House side, during their debate on the Arizona objection, Republican lawmakers used their time to complain about the treatment of the president, particularly the impeachment process and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Democrats said we don't care what the law says they went to a court got an Obama appointed judge to extend in 18 days,' Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, complained of Arizona. 'Under some of the most trying circumstances in our history, our fellow citizens conducted a free and fair election vindicating our founders belief once again that we were capable of self-government, and a peaceful transition of power,' Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said.
'We're debating a step that has never been taken in American history, whether Congress should overrule the voters and overturn a presidential election,' he said on the Senate floor, after Rep Goal and a batch of GOP senators, including Sen Ted Cruz, objected to Arizona's Electoral College vote count. McConnell ridiculed Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud in a five-minute speech, which will be one of his last as majority leader, and which he said was about the most important vote of his career.
Trump mocked his party's 2012 Republican presidential nominee, now-Sen. Mitt Romney, for conceded his own race back then. Trump's comments amounted to a declaration of war on elements of his party, after his lawyer Rudy Giuliani demanded 'trial by combat' against opponents of his claims of election fraud.
A stand was being erected at the base of the US Capitol as a pro- Trump supporter holds a flag, hours before Congress meets to certify the electoral college vote for Biden 'We're going to walk down to the Capitol, and we're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,' he said, speaking from behind a pane of bullet-proof material.
Trump acknowledged that he has tried to pressure Pence into rejecting votes from states he lost, quoting from a conversation he has denied happened.