Donald Trump says he won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President
Donald Trump will not go to the inauguration of Joe Biden, he has said (Image: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
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Donald Trump has refused to attend the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Hours after the Republic leader promised a peaceful transition of power to the Democrat, Trump tweeted that he would not be at the inauguration on January 20.
It is traditional for the outgoing president, along with other living former presidents, to sit close to the victor at the swearing-in event.
Trump will be the fourth President in history to refuse to attend his successor’s inauguration, after John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson.
Posting on his recently restored Twitter account, which had been blocked after Trump was seen to have encouraged thugs raiding the Capitol building, he wrote: "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."
Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States on January 20
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According to a Reuters source discussions are ongoing as to whether Trump will leave Washington the day before Biden is sworn in.
It is expected he will travel to his home in Florida, the source said.
Yesterday Trump released a video promising an orderly transition after Congress certified Biden as president-elect.
He did so having come under huge pressure from both Democrats and Republicans for his reluctance to call protesters away from the Capitol building.
Only after his supporters had broken into the governmental building, stolen state property and engaged in clashes which have so far seen five deaths did he call on them to act peacefully.
On Wednesday violent Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building in Washington DC
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Trump's efforts to lower the political temperature proved short lived however.
"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future," he tweeted this morning.
"They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!"
Last week the outgoing US President was linked with a trip to his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland to coincide with the inauguration.
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Any such plans were blown out of the water by a stern word from Nicola Sturgeon.
The First Minister said: "I hope and expect the travel plan he immediately has is to exit the White House – beyond that, I don't know.
"We are not allowing people to come into Scotland without an essential purpose right now, and that would apply to him just as it applies to anybody else.
"Coming to play golf is not what I consider to be an essential purpose."
Trump's decision not to attend the inauguration may be motivated by a number of different factors.
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Concerns had been raised that the huge political event may create another flash point of violence for his supporters.
He may have chosen to stay to avoid stoking such tensions.
Less charitably, Trump may simply want to avoid witnessing the size of Biden's crowd four years after the meagre number of attendees at his inauguration, and the subsequent lies his administration told regarding it, set the tone for his time in office.