President Donald Trump’s farewell ceremony will take place at a military base outside Washington on Wednesday morning. Vice President Mike Pence is not expected to attend Joe Biden’s swearing-in in front of the Capitol.
Donald Trump will leave the base on Wednesday morning local time for his residence in Florida. Officials are planning an official farewell ceremony for the president who refuses to attend the inauguration of his successor, thereby breaking with over a century of tradition.
Vice President Mike Pence will attend the swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden. Due to logistical difficulties, officials say it will not be able to take part in saying goodbye to Trump.
Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday at noon (6 pm in Poland).
Republican leaders in Congress will also miss the president’s farewell
The two leading Republicans in Congress – the Republican Party leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell, will also not be attending the farewell to the outgoing president.
The farewell ceremony, according to The Hill, “will probably be taken over by the Trump family and its closest associates.” This is meant to “reflect how parts of the Republican Party are trying to distance themselves from the president following the January 6 Capitol riots.”
The White House declined to comment on how many guests there are to be at Trump’s goodbye. About 200 people are unofficially mentioned. Among others, former close Trump advisors like John Bolton. The former US President’s National Security Adviser did not accept the invitation.
Trump is blamed by parts of his party for the January 6 Capitol riots that followed the US leader questioning the election process for weeks.
Trump supporters broke through security lines on Capitol Hill and barreled into parliament, forcing congressmen approving the election results to evacuate.
Last week, Donald Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives. He is accused of “inciting an uprising”. Trump has not publicly said he felt guilty. He declared his assistance in the handover of power, but did not congratulate his rival on the election victory.
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