Will Donald Trump be there?
Mr. Trump did nothing to simplify the path to inauguration day for Mr. Biden and confirmed via Twitter that he would not be attending Mr. Biden’s inauguration. Trump’s Twitter account was subsequently suspended for good.
He tweeted on January 8, “To anyone who has asked, I will not be going to the opening on January 20. ”
As a result, Mr. Trump will break a decades-old tradition. He will be the first president in over 150 years – and just the fourth in US history – to miss the event. Usually, the person leaving the White House would greet their predecessor at the Oval Office and attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Both Mr. Biden and Barack Obama attended Mr. Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017. President Hillary Clinton’s Democratic opponent was also present, as were former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter .
Mr Trump is said to have considered visiting his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland to avoid Mr Biden taking office. But Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Mr Trump will not be allowed to travel to Scotland to play golf at Mr Biden’s inauguration.
The Prime Minister stressed that it is illegal to travel inside or outside the country without a valid reason and said: “Coming to play golf is not what I see as an essential objective. ”
However, Prestwick Airport was told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 previously used by Mr Trump on January 19, according to the Sunday Post.
What will Joe Biden say?
Every president since George Washington has delivered the inaugural address. Mr. Trump spoke for 16 minutes during his vow to break “the established order” and “make America great again.”
For Mr Biden, the focus will likely be on the cornerstones of his policies: the pandemic, the economy, climate change and healthcare.
It also seems likely that he will address the issue of unifying Americans again – whether they voted for him or not. This question has already been a key theme of his commentary so far.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” Biden said in a statement. “It’s time for America to unite. ”