(Washington News)-President Donald Trump said on Friday that he would skip the swearing-in of President-elect Biden, deny the peaceful transition of power to fulfill the traditional role of the outgoing president, and weaken his own message earlier It takes only one day to “heal and unite the nation.”
Trump has not appeared in public since violent supporters besieged the Capitol on Wednesday and tried to stop the transfer of power. This will be the first incumbent president who has not attended the inauguration of his successor since Andrew Johnson.
Biden said he was good about it, calling it “one of the few things we agreed on.”
He added: “It’s a good thing that he didn’t show up,” he called the president an “embarrassment” to the country and was not worthy of office.
Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents both go to the U.S. Capitol for a ceremony on the day of their inauguration. This is a clear manifestation of the smooth transition of the leadership.
Regardless of Trump’s plans, Biden will become president at noon on January 20. But Trump’s absence is the last resort to Washington’s norms and traditions that he has defied for four years.
Historian Douglas Brinkley said that at the inauguration “will be a wonderful olive branch for the country”, he was not surprised by this decision.
He said: “Donald Trump doesn’t want to be the second biggest loser in Washington, to be on stage with Joe Biden.”
When Trump is away, former President Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will stand there to witness the democratic ceremony. The only current president is the 96-year-old Jimmy Carter (Jimmy Carter), who had survived the pandemic at his home in Georgia. Although he did not attend, he expressed “best wishes” to Biden.
Trump’s tweets about boycotting the inauguration came from his dwindling aides in the White House, and the growing momentum on Capitol Hill made him impeached for the second time.
Trump said in a tweet: “For all those who make requests, I will not attend the inauguration on January 20.”
It may be his last time.The company announced Friday night that it had permanently suspended Trump Quoted on its platform “there is a risk of further incitement to violence”.
Trump’s decision is not surprising: for more than two months, he has been falsely claiming that he has won re-election and has made unfounded claims about widespread voter fraud, even though his own government has stated that the election has taken place Up.
Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, urged Trump to reconsider.
Scott said in a statement: “Of course, constitutionally speaking, he is not required to attend. I can imagine that losing the election is very difficult, but I believe he should participate. The senator referred to the ceremony as “showing power An important tradition that is peacefully transferred to our people and the world. “
A person close to him and a person familiar with the inauguration plan said that Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be at odds with Trump on Wednesday when he refused to intervene in Congress to prove Biden’s victory. . He participated in the inauguration ceremony. However, Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for Pence, said in a statement on Friday that the vice president and second lady “have not yet made a decision on attendance.”
Biden said that Penny is “welcome to visit” and it is an honor to have him.
He said: “I think it is important to “maintain the historical precedent, methods and environment of government transition.”
Brinkley said Trump’s decision made him look like a “painful loser.”
“This will also show that he is an authoritarian at heart and he does not believe in the democratic process. If you do not respect the idea of a peaceful transition, then you do not respect the Constitution or the spirit of democracy itself.” He said.
On Thursday, with 12 days left in his term, Trump finally succumbed to reality. Later that day, he released a video condemning the violence in his name in the Capitol and acknowledging that his presidency was about to end.
After issuing a written statement providing the same information earlier, Trump said in the video: “The new government will take office on January 20.” “My focus now is to ensure a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. Now it needs rehabilitation and reconciliation.”
But by the next morning, Trump returned to his usual department. Instead of expressing condolences to the dead police, Because of the injuries suffered during the riots, Trump praised the “great American patriot” who voted for him.
“They will not be treated with disrespect or unfairness in any form, form or form!” He tweeted.
White House lawyer Pat Cipollone has repeatedly warned Trump that he may be considered responsible for inciting Wednesday’s violence. Aides said that part of the president’s videotape was to try to avoid potential legal troubles and slow the mass exodus of staff who had announced their early departure due to violence.
After Trump gave a speech at the “Stop Stealing” rally, a violent rebellion broke out on Wednesday. He told supporters there that the election was stolen and urged them to fight. Since then, Trump has become more and more isolated, abandoned by several of his closest promoters.
He watched the resignation of top aides, including two cabinet secretaries and a long list of administrative officials.
In addition to those who have resigned, senior staff including long-term aide “Hope Hicks” will begin to leave as part of the usual “resignation” process, which marks the end of the government, and Trump is at the end of his tenure. Only a group of key assistants remained for a few days. office.
Those who are still working continue to weigh their future and struggle with how best to contain the president’s impulse, are considered too dangerous to control their social media accounts, but are still the world’s greatest military commander-in-chief .
People are worried about what a desperate president will do in the final days, including speculation that Trump might incite more violence, make big appointments, issue improper amnesties including himself and his family, and even trigger a turbulent international event.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats formulated a plan to impeach Trump for the second time, and the impeachment clause is expected to be proposed on Monday. The draft resolution accused Trump of abusing his power, saying that he “willfully made a statement to encourage and under foreseeable circumstances to take illegal actions in Congress.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere responded: “Politically motivated impeachment of the president with 12 days left in office will only further divide our great country.”
At the same time, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi) is taking other measures to try to check Trump’s power. She said she had spoken with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing “unintentional” Trump from launching military operations or conducting nuclear strikes. She and the Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer also called on Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to force Trump to step down, despite the urgency of discussions between cabinet members and staff. Sex had weakened before Thursday.
Two people who listened to the talks said that staff-level discussions on the matter were held in multiple departments and even parts of the White House. But none of the cabinet members publicly expressed support for this move.
Pence did not publicly say whether he would support invoking the 25th amendment, but Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he thought it was unlikely. He said: “I just heard that he basically didn’t move in that direction,” he quoted “my Senate channel.”
Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemuel in New York, Alan Flam and Kevin Frekin in Washington contributed to this report.