Donald Trump has addressed the US nation denouncing the “heinous attack” on the US Capitol which saw five people die.
He posted a video on Twitter promising a “smooth” transition to President-elect Joe Biden later this month.
He began the speech addressing the “heinous attack” on the US Capitol, and said: “Like all Americans I’m outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem.”
His remarks come after local news media report an officer of the US Capitol died of his injuries in hospital.
He went on to say: “I immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders.
“America is and always must be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy.”
He addressed the rioters who stormed the US Capitol building, which houses Congress and the senate on Wednesday, he said: “To those who engaged the acts of violence and destruction – you do not represent our country.
“And to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
Trump then turned his attention on the election and President-elect Joe Biden.
“We just went through an emotional election and tempers are high, but we now must be cool and calm restored,” he said.
“We must get on with the business of America. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results, my only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote.
“In so doing, I was fighting to defend American democracy, I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections.”
His Twitter account was locked for 12 hours and the social media platform told him to remove three posts related to the protests.
It also threatened to ban the Republican leader if there are any future violations.
Facebook has banned Trump from the platform, as well as Instagram, indefinitely, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said, ‘at least’ until his term is over.
Trump confirmed Congress has certified the results and Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20. He says his focus is now on ensuring a ‘smooth’ transition of power.
The US Capitol riots saw a police officer die, and is the fifth person to die as a result of the violence, reports CNN. One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police, Ashli Babbitt, as the crowd breached the building.
Three others suffered medical emergencies that proved fatal.
Crowds pushed throw barricades at around 1pm (6pm GMT), and got into the building, where an armed standoff took place.
Following the incident, US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund is resigning.