The incumbent US president has promised his successor a peaceful transfer of power. But Donald Trump does not want to appear for the “inauguration” at which Joe Biden takes the oath of office.
The incumbent US President Donald Trump does not want to attend the ceremonial inauguration of his successor Joe Biden on January 20. Trump said this on Friday on Twitter.
Trump breaks with tradition, because usually the outgoing incumbent attends the celebrations for his successor. The last time it happened was in 1869. At that time, President Andrew Johnson refused his successor Ulysees S. Grant this honor, as reported by CNN.
Trump has been under massive pressure since the Capitol riot
After the election in early November, Trump refused to admit defeat for weeks. He claims he was robbed of victory by massive election fraud. However, neither he nor his lawyers provided any solid evidence.
Until the official certification of the election results early Thursday morning (local time) in Congress, Trump held on to the statement that the election result could be overturned. Since the storming of the Capitol in Washington by militant Trump supporters on Wednesday, the elected incumbent has been under massive pressure. You can read the latest developments here.
Biden’s inauguration takes place without an audience
On Thursday evening, Trump promised his successor a peaceful change of power in a video message. “A new government will be sworn in on January 20th,” said Trump in a video message on Thursday evening. “I am now concentrating on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power.” The outgoing US President had long blocked the usual cooperation in handing over government affairs.
In view of the corona pandemic, Biden’s inauguration should take place without the usual mass audience at the handover.