Washington riots: Donald Trump promises ‘orderly’ transition after US Capitol unrest

US President Donald Trump is facing calls for his removal and a staff exodus a day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol in a harrowing assault on the country’s democratic institutions.

While Trump has just 13 days left in his term, there were numerous demands for his ouster including by the Senate’s top Democrat and a Republican congressman.

Congress early on Thursday formally certified Democratic president-elect Joe Biden’s election victory despite objections from some Republican lawmakers.

Members of Trump’s cabinet and allies of the Republican president have discussed invoking a provision of the US constitution to remove him from office, a source familiar with the situation said.

Meanwhile, a growing number of White House aides said they would quit, including envoy Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former chief of staff, and top Russia adviser Ryan Tully.

Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes. Credit: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Imag

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