Trump says he’ll skip successor Biden’s inauguration ceremony; first departing president since 1869 to do so
Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday came a day after he said there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th”, and just two days after his supporters attacked the US Capitol
US President Donald Trump will not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, he announced in a tweet on Friday morning.
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," Trump said.
Trump's tweet comes as the Congressional committee that plans the ceremony announced that the swearing-in will take place on the Capitol's West Front as planned, despite the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. The rioters had overrun the platform constructed for the event as well as the rest of the Capitol building.
In a statement, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said that Wednesday "was a sad and solemn day for our country. The outrageous attack on the Capitol, however, will not stop us from affirming to Americans — and the world — that our democracy endures. Our committee's bipartisan, bicameral membership remains committed to working with our many partners to execute ceremonies that are safe and showcase our determined democracy."
Trump is now apparently sent to join a short list of outgoing presidents who've skipped the inaugurations of their successors: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson.
He's the first departing president since 1869 to refuse to attend their successor's inauguration.
The president's announcement on Friday came a day after he said there would be an "orderly transition on January 20th," and just two days after he provoked an attempted coup at the US Capitol.
"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th," Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
Trump has repeatedly and baselessly claimed he lost the 2020 election to Biden due to mass voter fraud.