Trump Will Not Attend Biden Inauguration

Written by Carmine Sabia

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President Donald Trump is not the type to do things by the book or to do what the history books say he should do.

That has often been to his detriment but in this case it is likely in the best interests of himself and the nation.

The president has decided, and announced, that he will not be attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, something that has not been done by a sitting president since 1869, CBS News reported.

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” he said in a tweet after his access to Twitter was restored following a 12-hour ban and before he was permanently banned from the platform.

The president-elect celebrated the news of President Trump not coming to his inauguration a it was announced that Vice President Pence would be attending.

I was told on the way over here that he indicated he wasn’t going to show up at the inauguration: One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on,” he said. “It’s a good thing, him not showing up.”

“He’s exceeded even my worst notions about him,” President-elect Biden said. “He is one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”

“I think it’s important that as much as we can stick to what have been the historic precedents and circumstances of how an administration changes should be maintained” he said. “So if Mike—the vice president is welcome to come. I’d be honored to have him there and to move forward in the transition.”

According to a report from Politico, three unidentified ”sources close to Pence” said that he ”would likely make an appearance.”

Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley told Politico that the vice president and second lady “have not yet made a decision on their attendance.”

CNN, also quoting an anonymous source, reported that Pence was planning on attending but was awaiting an invitation.

CNN added that Pence has ”faced pressure from many of those around him” to attend.

Politico quoted a ”person close to Pence” as saying the decision to attend was easier following President Donald Trump’s criticism of Pence for his decision not to intervene in the certification of the Electoral College vote of Joe Biden for president.

“It was a much more difficult decision days ago, but less difficult now,” a source close to the situation said to Politico.

This comes as pressure has mounted on the vice president to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.

“I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the vice president to remove this president by immediately invoking the 25th Amendment. If the vice president and Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus, and the American people, by the way.” Pelosi said.

Indications are that Vice President Pence is not going to use the 25th Amendment and now Democrats have begun working on impeachment.