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After certified electoral loss, Trump issues statement pledging an ‘orderly transition on Jan. 20’

Right after Congress formally certified President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College victory early Thursday morning, President Trump issued a statement saying that while he “totally” disagrees with the outcome of the election, “nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on Jan. 20.” Trump has spent weeks denying Biden’s victory and suggesting he and Republican allies could somehow overturn his loss, and this is the first time Trump has conceded publicly that he will leave office. Trump’s statement went on to call this “the end of the greatest first term in presidential history” and “only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

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