Boris Johnson said Donald Trump was “totally wrong” in encouraging supporters to storm the Capitol and question the US election result.
At a coronavirus press conference at 10 Downing Street yesterday (Jan. 6), the Prime Minister was pressed onto scenes in Washington DC.
Supporters of President Donald Trump broke barricades and carried out an occupation of the building.
Protesters clashed with police, tear gas was distributed and a woman died after being shot in the US Capitol.
Protesters invaded near the White House after a rally where Mr Trump encouraged them to march on Capitol Hill.
Today (Jan. 7), Boris Johnson said he “condemns” President Trump “unconditionally” for “encouraging people to behave in the shameful ways that took place at the Capitol”.
He said, “All my life America has stood for some very important things – an idea of freedom and an idea of democracy.
“As you suggest, I believe that this was totally wrong insofar as he (President Trump) encouraged the people to storm the Capitol and insofar as the President repeatedly questioned the outcome of a free and fair election.
“What President Trump said about this is completely wrong, and I condemn unreservedly to encourage people to behave as shamefully as they did in the Capitol.
“I can only say that I am very pleased that the elected president has now been properly confirmed in office and that democracy has prevailed.”
The Prime Minister had previously described the scenes as “shameful”.
He tweeted, “The United States represents democracy around the world and it is important now that there is a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
His comments followed the condemnation of a host of British politicians from all parties who described the Washington scenes as “deeply shocking” and “extremely terrible”.
Donald Trump has now promised “an orderly transition” after Joe Biden’s election victory was confirmed when he came to grips with his false claims of electoral fraud.
A senior adviser to Donald Trump issued a statement from the outgoing president saying he “totally disagrees” with the election result but vowed that there would be an orderly transition to the next administration.
Dan Scavino, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, tweeted: “Even if I disagree with the election result and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20th.
“I’ve always said we would continue our fight to make sure that only legal votes are counted. While this marks the end of the greatest first term in the President’s history, it is just the beginning of our struggle to make America great again! “
The US Congress has officially confirmed Joe Biden’s election victory.