New Delhi: President Donald Trump on Friday said he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January. On Friday, Trump took to Twitter and wrote, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” He will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successor’s inauguration. Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing Presidents ride to the U.S. Capitol together for the ceremony, as a symbol of the nation’s peaceful transition.Also Read - Joe Biden Calls Migrant Deaths 'Horrifying And Heartbreaking'
On Thursday, Trump pledged “a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power” following a violent insurrection by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol earlier this week. Also Read - Joe Biden Signs Bipartisan Gun Bill, First Significant US Gun Control Law In Decades
Biden’s transition team had no immediate comment on Trump’s announcement. But Jen Psaki, the President-elect’s incoming White House press secretary, said in December that whether Trump attended the inauguration was not top of mind for Biden. Also Read - US Senate Sends The Landmark Gun Violence Bill To President Joe Biden For Final Enactment
Meanwhile, Republican former US president George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Washington on January 20, his chief of staff said Tuesday. “President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Freddy Ford tweeted. “Witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old,” he added