After having admitted on Thursday, for the first time in his own words, that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration would take charge on Jan. 20, Trump announced today that he will not be attending the inauguration.
On Thursday, without naming Biden, Trump in a nearly three-minute video said “a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th.”
The president, who was blocked from Twitter for 12 hours on Wednesday, made the statement after his refusal to accept the election results ended up in a deadly riot on Capitol Hill.
“Now tempers must be cooled, and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America,” Trump said in his first address to the nation after his supporters caused chaos at the Capitol.
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” he added.
Now, President Donald has announced that he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden that is less than two weeks away.
Trump is not the first outgoing president to skip the inauguration of his successor. The others were Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson, according to the White House Historical Association.
According to CNBC, Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend Biden’s inauguration if he is invited.