On Monday, June 15, 2020, US President Donald Trump listens at a meeting in Washington, USA.
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WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump stated on Friday that he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Biden, who is responsible for less than two weeks.
Trump is not the first president to skip the inauguration of his successor. According to the White House Historical Association, Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson did not attend the inauguration of the incoming president.
Trump wrote in a tweet: “For all those who make requests, I will not attend the inauguration on January 20.” This is the third message from his account, which was posted by Twitter on Wednesday. Since the lockdown for 1
Biden’s victory was predicted by all major news media in mid-November and was confirmed in the election college vote in mid-December. The Republican president falsely insisted that he had won a “slippery slope”, saying that his re-election was stolen due to large-scale election fraud.
His refusal to accept the election results led to fatal riots on Wednesday. At that time, his supporters flocked to the U.S. Capitol and attacked the U.S. Capitol, disconnecting Congressional procedures, requiring voters to vote, and confirming Biden’s victory in the November 3 election.
Two people familiar with the matter told NBC News that if Vice President Mike Pence was invited to attend Biden’s inauguration.
Trump decided not to attend Biden’s inauguration a day after he recognized the presidential election.
In the nearly three-minute video released on Thursday, Trump did not mention Biden by name, and he admitted that “the new government will be inaugurated on January 20.”
The President said in his first speech to the country during the riots that resulted in the death of five people including the People’s Assembly police: “My focus now is to ensure a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”
Speaking of the fanaticism that occurred in the U.S. Capitol, Trump said: “Now we must cool down and restore calm. We must continue to do business in the United States.”
Trump said: “For those who engage in acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. For those who violate the law, you will pay the price.”
In a rally outside the White House on Wednesday, Trump encouraged thousands of supporters to go to the Capitol in protest against what has always been a courtesy lawsuit.
When the protesters besieged the Capitol, Trump told supporters in a Twitter video after his speech that Trump returned to the White House “you must go home now.” The president did not condemn violence.
After a rally with President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, pro-Trump supporters swept the U.S. Capitol.
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After the violence in Washington, the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., officials played multiple rounds of blame games on why they could not immediately send National Guard troops to support the US Capitol Police.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Thursday that law enforcement and defense officials had received conflicting news before the riots.
When asked about the preparations for crowd control, McCarthy said: “It is estimated that there are 80,000, estimated to be about 20-25. Therefore, returning to pure intelligence, it is “everywhere.”
He told reporters: “It is difficult to determine what to deal with.” He added that the Department of Defense relies on law enforcement threat assessment.