Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, called on the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to “strongly condemn” the storming of Congress by a group of his supporters.
“I have been systematically condemning political violence by both parties, especially violence directed against the security services,” Wolf said in a statement released Thursday. “But we are now seeing that some supporters of the president are using violence as a means to achieve political goals. This is unacceptable.”
“I ask the president and all the officials who have been elected to utterly condemn the violence that took place yesterday,” Wolf added.
Wolf has also stated that he has no intention of resigning from his position as he intends to assume his powers until the end of Trump’s term in order to ensure his department’s focus on countering security threats and implementing an orderly transfer of power.
Yesterday evening, Wednesday, a group of Trump supporters stormed the Congress headquarters while it was holding meetings to approve the results of the presidential elections, which were won by Democrat Joe Biden, after a rally in which the current US president renewed his refusal to recognize the victory of his opponent.
Police units and special forces were later able to clear the congressional building of the intruders for lawmakers to announce their approval of the results of the vote, and these unprecedented disturbances led to the killing of 4 people and the arrest of about 50 others, while Trump pledged after these events to implement an organized process of transferring power despite his refusal to accept these results.
Today, the White House reported that a number of Trump administration employees have resigned in connection with these events.