Biden to talk 'truth' on Jan 6 anniversary

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  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden
    46th and current president of the United States
  • Jen Psaki
    Jen Psaki
    American political advisor and White House press secretary
  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th president of the United States (2017–2021)

US President Joe Biden will mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly January 6 assault at the US Capitol by honouring the bravery of law enforcement on the scene, and outlining the unfinished work the nation needs to do to strengthen its democracy, the White House says.

"On Thursday, the president is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since, and the peril it has posed to the rule of law and our system of democratic governance," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will speak on Thursday morning at the US Capitol, a year after a mob loyal to former president Donald Trump raided the complex in a failed attempt to stop the counting of electoral college votes that officially delivered Biden's presidential election victory.

Trump, meanwhile, has cancelled a planned press conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that had been scheduled for the evening of January 6, saying he would instead address many of the same topics at a rally on January 15.

Trump, some fellow Republicans and right-wing media personalities have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the January 6 attack, calling it a non-violent protest or blaming left-wing activists.

Four people died on the day of the riot, and one Capitol police officer died the day after defending Congress.

Dozens of police were injured during the multi-hour onslaught by Trump supporters, and four officers have since taken their own lives.

Biden will put an extra spotlight on the role of Capitol Police and others on the scene on January 6, Psaki said.

"Because of their efforts, our democracy withstood an attack from a mob, and the will of more than 150 million people who voted in the presidential election was ultimately registered by Congress," Psaki said.

Psaki was asked what the president's message will be to the many Republicans who believe Biden stole the election from Trump, despite overwhelming contrary evidence.

"What he's going to continue to do is speak to everyone in the country," Psaki said.

"Those who didn't vote for him, those who may not believe he is the legitimate president, about what he wants to do to make their lives better."

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