Washington: Finally it has come: the concession of defeat by outgoing US president Donald Trump in the presidential race that had held the American public on thrall for months, and most recently in animated suspense after the results of the November 3 election came out.
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that there would be an "orderly transition of power" on January 20, following the affirmation of the Democrats' Electoral College victory by the Congress.
Trump, however did not give up his view of disapproval of the poll result. He said, "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."
"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 in a statement which was posted on the social media by senior White House aide Don Scavino since Twitter and Facebook temporarily blocked the President.
Vice President Mike Pence announced before a joint session of Congress at about 4 a.m. on Thursday morning the election of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with won 306 votes against Trump's 232.
The formal tabulation of each state's electoral college votes by lawmakers was over on Wednesday night, as the last step of the series of formalities in the prolonged process of US presidential election. Biden will thus be inaugurated on January 20 as the 46th US President.
The joint session commenced on Wednesday after thousands of Trump supporters, in an unprecedented onslaught on Capitol building the citadel and symbol of American democracy, forced a suspension of the counting of the Electoral College votes at the joint session of the Congress.