President Trump announced early on Friday that he will not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration later in January.
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump announced:
In American history only three other former presidents have declined to attend the inauguration of their White House successor: John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829 and Andrew Johnson in 1869.
Biden’s inauguration will include safety measures to cater to Covid-19 due to health risks. Tickets to the swearing-in ceremony will be limited. The traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue will be replaced by a virtual parade that will be televised.
Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend the inauguration, POLITICO reported on Thursday. Former President George W. Bush, the most recent Republican president, also plans to attend.
Biden has previously said that while he does not personally care if President Trump attends his inauguration.
Trump’s presence is “important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate, at the end of this chaos that he’s created, that there is a peaceful transfer of power.
“The protocol of the transfer of power, I think, is important,” Biden said. “But it is totally his decision, and it’s of no personal consequence to me. But I do think it is for the country.”
Republican, Sen. Rick Scott, publicly stated that Presdient Trump should attend the inauguration after the tweet, saying that doing so is a critical part of the tradition of peaceful transfer of power in the U.S.
“I am urging the President to reconsider his decision to skip the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. He is, of course, not constitutionally required to attend and I can imagine losing an election is very hard, but I believe he should attend,” Scott stated. “I plan to attend and believe it is an important tradition that demonstrates the peaceful transfer of power to our people and to the world.”
Presdident Trump’s announcement came one day after he released a video finally condemning his supporters for violently swarming the U.S. Capitol, in a statement that called for a “seamless transition of power.“