US President Donald Trump urges his deputy Mike Pence not to certify Joe Biden’s election victory at a Congress session starting later in the day, repeating unfounded allegations of vote fraud.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election,” Trump tells cheering supporters outside the White House. “He has the absolute right to do it.
“Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country.”
Trump rebukes “weak” Republicans planning to go along with the certification, accusing them of having “turned a blind eye” and threatening them with primary challenges in future elections.