Trump addresses supporters outside White House before Congress certifies Biden's victory

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump addressed supporters outside the White House on Wednesday shortly before Congress convenes to certify Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.

"We will never give up. We will never concede," Trump told a rally on the Ellipse, a park just south of the White House.

The president also turned up the pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the congressional session formally counting the Electoral College votes affirming the Biden's win, urging his deputy to reject electoral votes from certain states.

If "Mike Pence doesn't come through... that will be a sad day for our country," he claimed.

However, Pence, also the president of the U.S. Senate, only plays a largely ceremonial role in the process and doesn't have the power to change the election result.

A group of Republicans from both chambers of Congress are expected to object to electoral votes in some states, which will trigger debates and votes, but the moves are unlikely to overturn the outcome.

Electors in 50 states and the District of Columbia met last month to select Biden as the next president of the United States by awarding him 306 electoral votes versus 232 for Trump.

To win the White House, a candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes.

Biden, a former U.S. vice president, also won the popular votes by 7 million and more than 4 percentage points. Enditem

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