WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he will not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
It is not known where Trump plans to be when Biden is sworn in.
It is customary for the outgoing and incoming presidents to ride to the Capitol together for the ceremony. Trump’s absence will be first time since 1829 that an outgoing president skipped his successor’s inauguration.
Trump’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after saying there will be a smooth transition of power. It comes two days after hundreds of his loyalists forced their way into the Capitol to thwart the confirmation of Biden’s victory.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted.
Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are expected to be at the ceremony but have not confirmed their attendance.