President Trump introduced Friday that he won’t attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, ending two months of hypothesis about his choice. He would be the first president in additional than 150 years — and solely the fourth in U.S. historical past — to skip the ceremony the place his successor is sworn in.
“To all of those that have requested, I can’t be going to the Inauguration on January twentieth,” the president wrote in a tweet. (His entry to Twitter was restored after afor “repeated and extreme violations” of Twitter’s guidelines towards election misinformation.)
The announcement got here a day after Mr. Trumpthat Mr. Biden can be taking workplace. In a video launched by the White Home within the wake of his supporters’ siege on the U.S. Capitol, Mr. Trump belatedly promised an “orderly transition.”
Mr. Trump has not introduced his plans for the upcoming Inauguration Day or how he intends to depart the White Home. Mr. Biden has stated will probably be abecause of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he has urged members of the general public to remain residence.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, Invoice Clinton and George W. Bush are planning to attend Mr. Biden’s ceremony on January 20. Jimmy Carter, on the age of 96, is the one dwelling former president who stated he won’t be there.
The outgoing president historically attends the inauguration of the following president as a logo of the peaceable switch of energy. Defeated candidates who didn’t win the White Home additionally typically attend.
Hillary Clinton was at Mr. Trump’s swearing-in in 2017 after her electoral defeat. Al Gore attended George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 because the outgoing vice chairman after their contested election went to the U.S. Supreme Court docket.
Mr. Biden had beforehand steered it will be good for Mr. Trump to attend the inauguration to indicate the world a peaceable transition. However he modified his tune on Friday when requested about Mr. Trump’s choice to skip.
“One of many few issues he and I’ve ever agreed on,” the president-elect advised reporters. “It is a good factor, him not displaying up.”
Mr. Trump is the primary president to skip his successor’s ceremony since Andrew Johnson in 1869. Johnson, a Democrat, was so unpopular along with his personal social gathering that he did not safe a nomination for a second time period, and Republican Ulysses S. Grant received the election of 1868.
Johnson and Grant detested one another a lot that they refused to even journey in the identical carriage on Inauguration Day, in accordance with political historian Ronald Shafer.
Johnson was additionally the primary U.S. president to be impeached — and Mr. Trump is the third, following Invoice Clinton.
Earlier than Johnson, solely two earlier presidents had snubbed their successor’s inauguration. John Adams left Washington in 1801 earlier than the ceremony for Thomas Jefferson, who had defeated him. Adams, the second U.S. president, and the primary to lose an election.
Adams’ son John Quincy Adams, the sixth president, skipped the inauguration of Andrew Jackson after additionally dropping the presidency.