US President Donald Trump has announced that he will not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Only three times in US history has an outgoing president skipped an incoming president’s swearing-in — the last being Andrew Johnson 152 years ago.
On Thursday, the day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to halt democratic proceedings, interrupting lawmakers who were conducting a ceremonial vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win, Trump acknowledged his election loss to Biden.
“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,” said Trump in a statement early Thursday morning, in a message posted by his social media director, Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”