U.S. BUSINESSES SLAM CAPITOL ATTACK, WANT TRUMP REMOVED
Major US corporations and businesses groups condemned the occupation of the US Capitol by rioters angry at President Donald Trump's election loss, with raising the possibility that Trump should be removed from office, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
The statements came on a shocking day for the United States, which saw mobs overrun the Congress after a rally by Trump, who had sought to thwart the process of lawmakers certifying election results. That was the final administrative step, normally a ceremonial procedure, before Democratic President-elect Joe Biden enters the White House later this month.
"The chaos unfolding in the nation's capital is the result of unlawful efforts to overturn the legitimate results of a democratic election. The country deserves better," the Business Roundtable said in a statement.
The lobbying group, which represents over 200 CEO, "called on the President and all relevant officials to put an end to the chaos and to facilitate the peaceful transition of power."
US Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue said, "The attacks against our nation's Capitol Building and our democracy must end now.
"The Congress of the United States must gather again this evening to conclude their Constitutional responsibility to accept the report of the Electoral College," which determines the winner of the presidential vote.
Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers went further, calling on Vice President Mike Pence to "seriously consider" invoking the US constitution's 25th amendment, which would allow him to temporarily become president after Trump is deemed incapacitated.
"The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy," Timmons said.
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