On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he would not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden, who has since responded by saying that it is a “good thing” that he is not showing up.
Biden Addresses Trump Not Going To His Inauguration
While taking questions from reporters in Delaware, Biden said that Trump’s decision not to attend the inauguration was “one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on,” according to Politico.
“It’s a good thing, him not showing up,” Biden said, going on to criticize Trump for the riots at the Capitol on Wednesday.
“He exceeded even my worst notions about him,” he said. “He’s been an embarrassment to the country.”
This came hours after Trump announced on Twitter that he would not attend 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.
Biden Attacks Trump
Biden also called Trump “one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America,” adding that he wants him out of office as soon as possible.
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“The quickest way that will happen is us being sworn in on the 20th,” Biden said. “What action happens before or after that is a judgment for Congress to make.”
While Trump will not be in attendance, his Vice President Mike Pence is still invited and is believed to be attending at the time of this writing.
“He’s welcome,” Biden said of Pence. “I think it’s important that as much as we can stick to what have been the historical precedents of how an administration changes should be maintained. And so Mike, the vice president, is welcome to come. We’d be honored to have him there, and to move forward in the transition.”
Trump will not be the only former president not attending Biden’s inauguration, as Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have announced that they will not be going either.
“President and Mrs. Carter will not travel to Washington for the inauguration but have sent their best wishes to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and look forward to a successful administration,” Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center, said in a statement to CNN.
This piece was written by James Samson on January 8, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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