Trump Tweets He Will Not Be Attending Joe Biden’s Inauguration

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After all that has been said and done in the past several months, including what was done in Washington DC when rioters stormed the Capitol, this decision is probably for the best.

President Donald Trump has announced that he will break from norms and not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, Deadline reported.

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” he said on Twitter on Friday, two days after a mob of rioters took the Capitol.

Vice President Mike Pence, on the other hand, who has symbolically taken on the role of leader in the past several days, will attend the inauguration, Fox News reported.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, according to at least two reports.

The vice president would most likely make an appearance to show support for the peaceful transfer of power, Politico first reported, citing three sources close to Pence.

The decision came after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and after President Trump slammed Pence for certifying the election for Biden rather than unilaterally decertifying the results and returning them back to the states.

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

The decision came after President Trump shredded Pence for not decertifying the election results in several states, something that he does not have the Constitutional authority to do.

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” he said in the tweet that has since been deleted.

“I’ve known Mike Pence forever,” Sen. Jim Inhofe told the Tulsa World. “I’ve never seen Pence as angry as he was today. He said, ‘After all the things I’ve done for (Trump).'”

Pence’s press secretary, Devin O’Malley, said in a tweet that Pence has still not received an invitation to attend the inauguration.

“You can’t attend something you haven’t received an invitation to….” the press secretary said after the Politico report.

Pence has had a pressured filled week. As the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has threatened impeachment if the vice president does not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence does not support removing President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment.

Two advisers to Pence told Business Insider that he won’t be taking this approach even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have been putting immense pressure on him to do so.

Business Insider reported:

Vice President Mike Pence opposes using the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power, according to reports from Business Insider and the New York Times.

Democrats and some Republicans have called for Trump administration officials to invoke the 25th amendment to relieve Trump of his powers, less than two weeks before he is to leave office. Absent that, leading Democrats, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have called for impeachment proceedings to remove Trump after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.