Foreign Leaders Condemn 'Disgraceful' Pro-Trump Mob Breach of US Capitol

A number of world leaders have issued statements in response to the unprecedented events of earlier today in Washington DC.

Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol building.
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Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol building.

A number of world leaders have issued statements addressing the unprecedented scene earlier today in Washington DC when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on the day Congress was set to certify the 2020 presidential election results. 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called today's events "disgraceful," and stressed the importance of a "peaceful and orderly transfer of power."  

In an appearance on the News 1130 Vancouver radio station, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, per U.S. News, he was hopeful that "everything will return to normal shortly." Trudeau tweeted a formal statement later saying he was optimistic the future of democracy in the U.S. was still strong.  

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen responded to Joe Biden's tweet by acknowledging that he won the election. 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez believes that America, under Biden's leadership, will overcome this dark day in U.S. history.  

The president of Italy Giuseppe Conte also highlighted the violence that took place in Washington.

Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg put the onus on Trump to make things right. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned today's attack on democracy and appealed for a peaceful transfer of power. 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement, which has been translated by ABC7. "The enemies of democracy will find out about these incredible images #WashingtonDC looking forward. Insurgent words turn into violent acts - on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the #Capitol," Maas wrote. "The disdain for democratic institutions is devastating. (1)"

Maas continued, "Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of the American voters and stop trampling democracy. (2)"

David-Maria Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, was hopeful that the U.S. will uphold the "rules of democracy." 

Deeply concerning scenes from the US Capitol tonight. Democratic votes must be respected. We are certain the US will ensure that the rules of democracy are protected.

Newspapers across the world also took notice to the events at the Capitol building, putting it on the front page of the paper.

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The Guardian in the United Kingdom highlighted "Chaos as pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol" on the front page of it's paper, while The West Australian marked "Last Days of Trump" on it's front page.

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Other countries such as Spain's El Mundo made sure to include yesterday's events in its paper, along with Nigeria's Nigerian Tribune. 

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