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.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the violence witnessed at the US Capitol this week was incited by Trump.
During a press briefing on Friday, Trudeau said, “what we witnessed was an assault on democracy, violent rioters incited by the current president and other politicians.”
“What we saw was shocking, deeply disturbing and frankly saddening.”
Trudeau said while the events will be remembered, it also showed that democracy is resilient in the US.
“Violence has no place in our society, and extremists will not overrule the need of the people.”
When asked if he was worried that his remarks against Trump, who is still in office for two weeks, would hurt relations with the US, Trudeau responded that it’s important to defend democracy.
With files from Clarrie Feinstein