President-elect Joe Biden welcomed President Donald Trump's decision Friday to not attend his presidential inauguration ceremony later this month.
President-elect Biden still gets sworn in, in 11 days. Nothings changed. We won.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 9, 2021
"One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on. It's a good thing, him not showing up," Biden said at a news conference in his home state of Delaware.
The president-elect said Trump is an “embarrassment” and not fit to lead the nation.
"He exceeded even my worst notions about him. He's been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world. He's not worthy to hold that office," he said.
Trump confirmed earlier suspicions that he would skip the inauguration Jan. 20, breaking a long-standing tradition that many see as a hallmark of the US's peaceful transfer of power.
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," Trump said on Twitter.
Biden said Vice President Mike Pence is welcomed at his inauguration.
Notable that Twitter interpreted what turned out to be Trump’s final tweet — one announcing he won’t attend Biden’s inauguration — as possible “encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target, as he will not be attending” https://t.co/wavL4lb35c— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 9, 2021
"I’d be honored to have him there and to move forward in the transition," he said.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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