Incumbent US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Biden welcomed the announcement and called it a “good thing”.
Trump’s announcement comes after five people were killed after Trump supporters demanding to overturn election results stomped Capitol Hill. “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump wrote on Twitter, shortly before his account was suspended.
“I was told on the way over here that he indicated he wasn't going to show up at the inauguration,” Biden told Reuters.
“One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on,” he added. “It's a good thing, him not showing up”.
“He's been an embarrassment to the country,” Biden said.
It isn’t clear whether or not Vice President Mike Pence would attend.
Biden said Vice President Mike Pence would be welcome at his inauguration.
Trump has been trying to desperately cling to power ever since Biden was declared President-elect in the November elections. Several failed lawsuits later, Trump finally conceded and agreed to a peaceful transition of power on Friday.
After Capitol Hill was breached on Wednesday, Biden would be sworn in amid heavy security on steps of the building.