Washington, Jan 10: US Vice President Mike Pence will attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20, an occasion the outgoing President Donald Trump has determined to skip.
According to US media retailers, phrase of Pence”s intention to watch Biden take his oath of workplace in particular person unfold after the primary main break between him and Trump — when the Vice President defied the President by performing his constitutional obligation to certify the November 3 election outcomes.
Trump, a Republican, introduced on Twitter, earlier than his account was suspended, that he wouldn’t be attending Biden”s inauguration.
Pence will attend the inauguration of President-elect Biden, CNN reported, quoting a supply accustomed to the plans.
Biden, a Democrat, stated on Friday that he was glad President Trump determined not to attend and that Vice President Pence is “welcome to come. I”d be honoured to have him there.”
“It”s a very good factor, him not exhibiting up,” Biden stated on Friday in Wilmington, Delaware, at a information convention.
“He exceeded even my worst notions about him. He”s been a humiliation to the nation, embarrassed us all over the world. He”s unfit to maintain that workplace,” Biden stated.
The choice is Pence”s second high-profile cut up from Trump, after standing loyally behind him for years. Despite stress from Trump, Pence affirmed Biden”s victory when the US Congress completed tallying Electoral College votes early on Thursday.
Trump had referred to as for Pence to present “excessive braveness” by rejecting the certification course of.
Trump has spent weeks falsely claiming the November presidential election was rigged, culminating in a violent mob of his supporters overtaking the Capitol on Wednesday and main to the deaths of 5 folks, together with a police officer.
Former US presidents Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton are additionally anticipated to attend the scaled-down inauguration, sans the standard parade and crowds on the National Mall.
The congressional committee that plans the inauguration ceremony has stated that the swearing-in will happen on the Capitol”s West Front as deliberate, regardless of the unprecedented occasions of Wednesday.
The workforce planning the ceremony has suggested folks to not journey to Washington due to coronavirus dangers.