On February 29, 2020, at a press conference held in the James Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. President Donald Trump listened to a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.
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Washington-Vice President Pence will participate in the swearing-in of President-elect Biden, people familiar with it told NBC News.
Pence decided to watch Biden̵
Biden spoke on Friday in Wilmington, Delaware, welcoming Trump’s decision, calling it “one of the few things we have achieved.”
Regarding Pence’s suggestion that he might attend the meeting, Biden said that he was “honoured to be able to bring him there and move forward during the transition period.”
Biden said: “I think the important thing is that we should stick to the historical precedents in the past and how the government has changed as much as possible.”
U.S. President-elect Biden attended a briefing, providing words on the U.S. response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at his transitional headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 29, 2020.
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Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents ride from the White House together in the U.S. Capitol for inauguration.
Trump is not the first president to skip the inauguration of his successor. According to the White House Historical Association, the others are President John Adams, President John Quincy Adams and President Andrew Johnson. Like Trump, Johnson was also impeached.
Less than two weeks before the inauguration ceremony, more than 6,200 National Guard personnel will be deployed to the country’s capital and stay in the area for at least 30 days.
Mobilize to ensure that members of the National Guard will take office at the scene of Biden’s appointment at the Capitol.