President Donald Trump regained access to his Twitter account yesterday, and ever since, he’s been back to tweeting per usual. Today he tweeted that he would not show support to President-elect Joe Biden by attending the upcoming inauguration. He tweeted, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
According to CNN, President Trump is the first outgoing president to skip his replacement’s Inauguration in more than 150 years. However, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton will be in attendance at the transfer of power. While it isn’t surprising that President Trump isn’t attending, we must remind you that four years ago, Former President Obama accompanied President Trump as they rode to his Inauguration.
The tradition is the outgoing president welcomes the incoming one to the White House in the morning before riding together in the same vehicle to the Capitol building for the swearing-in. In a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, after introducing Cabinet nominees, President-elect Joe Biden spoke on President Trump not attending the Inauguration.
He said that President Trump made the right choice to forgo attendance at the Inauguration. He also mentioned that was one of the few things both men could agree on. He continued saying, “He exceeded even my worst notions about him. He’s been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world. He’s not worthy to hold that office.”
It appears that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Inauguration, and President-Elect Joe is excited about that. He said, “He’s welcome. I think it’s important that as much as we can stick to what have been the historical precedents of how an administration changes should be maintained. And so Mike, the Vice President, is welcome to come. We’d be honored to have him there and to move forward in the transition.”
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