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,”says Trump.
Trump is set to join a short list of outgoing presidents who 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 his successor’s inauguration.
Later on Friday, Biden said he agreed with Trump’s decision to skip his inauguration, but added that Vice President Mike Pence was still welcome to come. “One of the few things he and I ever agreed on,” Biden said of Trump announcing he would not be present on January 20. “It’s a good thing — him not showing up,” he added.