Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the situation in Washington, DC, and the rest of the United States calms down soon so its electoral process can continue properly.
In a statement Wednesday, Trudeau said he watched with great concern as the violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
“We’re following the situation minute by minute as it unfolds,” he said. “There is an important electoral process unfolding in the United States, and we all want it and need it to unfold properly and peacefully.”
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US lawmakers were conducting a ceremonial vote count to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win on Wednesday, when the rioting Trump supporters forced their way into the building.
“We certainly hope things will calm down, but we’re going to keep watching carefully,” Trudeau said.
The mayor of Washington, DC, imposed a 6 pm curfew and asked residents to avoid the downtown area.
President Donald Trump has asked his supporters to go home peacefully, and Biden encouraged unity in an address to the nation.
“The American democratic institutions are strong, and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly,” Trudeau continued. “We’re going to continue to do what we need to do to make sure Canadians are well served in our relationship with the United States regardless of how things unfold.”