Biden invites Pence to inauguration, says it’s good Trump won’t attend


President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday it was good for President Donald Trump to skip the inauguration ceremony later this month after one of the most chaotic weeks in modern American politics.
Trump, who helped fuel Wednesday’s violent riot on Capitol Hill, said on Twitter Friday that he would not attend the event on Jan.20.

“I was told on the way here that he had indicated that he would not be showing up at the inauguration: one of the few things that he and I never agreed on,” Biden said of Trump. “It’s a good thing he’s not showing up. ”

“He even got past my worst notions about him,” the president-elect said. “He is one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America. ”

Biden, who spoke from Wilmington, Delaware, added that he would welcome Vice President Mike Pence to the inauguration.

“I think it’s important that we can stick to what has been the historical precedents and the circumstances of how a changing administration needs to be maintained,” Biden said. “So if Mike – the vice president is welcome. I would be honored to have him there and move forward with the transition. ”

Earlier today, Pence spokesperson Devin O’Malley said Vice President and Second Lady Karen Pence had not decided whether they would attend.

The vice president broke with Trump earlier in the week when he said he did not have the power to throw ballots certifying Biden’s victory. Biden said he did not speak with Pence about the vice president’s presence at the ceremony.

Biden also offered a sideways response to his take on the Congressional Democrats’ attempt to remove or remove Trump from office.

“I think it is important that we continue our activities to get him removed from his post. The fastest way to do that is if we take the oath on the 20th, ”Biden said. “What happens before or after this is a judgment to be made by Congress. ”


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