British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Thursday condemned the “awful” scenes of riots on the Capitol Hill in Washington DC and blamed US President Donald Trump for the violence that resulted in 4 deaths in clashes between protesters and American police.
The senior Cabinet minister instructed the BBC that it was the outgoing President’s phrases that fuelled the violence and accused Trump of doing nothing “de-escalate that”.
“His comments directly led to the violence, and so far he has failed to condemn that violence and that is completely wrong,” mentioned Patel.
“He basically has made a number of comments yesterday that helped to fuel that violence and he didn’t actually do anything to de-escalate that whatsoever… what we’ve seen is completely unacceptable,” she mentioned.
Hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday – the place lawmakers have been assembly to verify Biden’s election victory – and staged an occupation of the constructing in Washington DC after he made a number of claims of electoral fraud. Both chambers of Congress have been compelled into recess, as protesters clashed with police and tear fuel was launched.
On Thursday, a White House spokesperson issued a Twitter assertion to say there will likely be an “orderly transition” to Democrat President-elect Joe Biden, whose November 2020 election victory has since been by US lawmakers.
“Disgraceful scenes in US Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned in a Twitter assertion.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned there was “no justification for these violent attempts to frustrate the lawful and proper transition of power”.
The condemnation of the scenes within the US capital was cross-party within the UK, with Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer saying it was a “direct attack on democracy”, whereas Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon known as the occasions “utterly horrifying”.
A Friend of President Trump and chief of the Brexit Party which has now reworked to Reform UK, Nigel Farage, additionally tweeted: “Storming Capitol Hill is wrong. The protesters must leave.”