On Thursday evening, President Trump released a short video acknowledging that "a new administration" will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.
It was Trump's first tweet since his Twitter account was temporarily locked on Wednesday, after he posted several messages inciting violence.
Early Thursday morning, Congress certified the election results, and Trump said his "focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power." Being president, he added, has been "the honor of my lifetime. To all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning."
Trump said he condemned Wednesday's violence at the Capitol, calling it a "heinous attack" that left him "outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem." It was a different message than the one Trump delivered on Wednesday as his supporters stormed the Capitol; at the time, he asked them to leave, but said they were "very special" and he loved them. Catherine Garcia