It appears that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Previously, reports emerged saying that the vice president would be willing to attend the inauguration, but that he had not been invited. Now, it appears that Pence has been invited and that he has accepted the invitation.
Reuters reports: “U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, a senior administration official said on Saturday.”
No further details were provided.
The president will not be joining him
This past week, President Donald Trump announced that he will not be attending Biden’s inauguration. “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” the president tweeted.
Traditionally, both the president and vice president attend the inauguration symbolizing the peaceful transition of power. But, Trump’s decision is not without precedent. Breitbart reports that “Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson also did not attend their successor’s inaugurations.”
Biden responded to Trump’s decision on Friday. He said:
[Trump] indicated he wasn’t going to show up at the inauguration — one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on. It’s a good thing, him not showing up. He has exceeded even my worst notions about him. He’s been an embarrassment to the country and embarrassed us around the world. [He’s] not worthy, not worthy to hold that office.
Biden, however, welcomed Pence in consideration of the fact that the vice president decided not to object to the votes of the Electoral College when Congress met this week to certify them. President Trump, in contrast, has criticized Pence for the decision.
What to expect?
Inauguration Day is scheduled as usual for January 20th, but the event is going to be significantly scaled-down, apparently, due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus.
According to the Inaugural Committe, there will be a virtual parade, the swearing-in ceremony, and an address from Biden. All-in-all, no more than a couple thousand people are expected to be in attendance.
Afterward, Biden will be escorted to the White House.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have yet to release their plans.