White House says it condemns violence at Capitol, law breakers should be prosecuted

Kayleigh McEnany

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, on Thursday condemned violence at the Capitol as un-American and called for those who broke the law to be prosecuted.

“We condemn it – the president and this administration – in the strongest possible terms,” McEnany told reporters amid growing calls for Trump’s removal from office after his supporters on Wednesday stormed the U.S. Capitol in unrest that resulted in four deaths.

“It is unacceptable, and those that broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” McEnany said in the White House briefing room. She declined to take questions.

Trump, temporarily blocked from using Twitter and banned from Facebook for at least two weeks, made no public appearances on Thursday.

The Republican president pledged in an early morning statement to carry out an “orderly transition” of power to President-elect Joe Biden, but continued to claim falsely the election victory was stolen from him.

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