US Capitol: White House condemns ‘appalling’ violence and calls on America to ‘unite’

The violence at the US Capitol was “appalling” and “reprehensible”, the White House press secretary has said.

During a short statement lasting less than two minutes, Kayleigh McEnany said: “Those who violently besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything this administration stands for.”

The president himself did not appear at the briefing and Ms McEnany did not take questions from reporters.

She said the White House condemns the violence “in the strongest possible terms”, saying it was “unacceptable”.

She called on America to “unite, to come together” and added: “We are one American people under God.”

It comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Donald Trump’s removal from office, saying he had “incited an armed insurrection against America”.

America’s president-elect also condemned Donald Trump’s behaviour and called those who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday “domestic terrorists”.

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