Updated: March 7, 2021
U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday said he was delighted President Donald J. Trump had decided not to attend his inauguration, saying it’s “a good thing”, and “one of the few things he and I ever agreed on.”
Biden said Trump was an “embarrassment” to the country and that he was “not fit to hold office.”
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Biden said Trump is “one of the most incompetent presidents ever”, adding that many GOP colleagues are “as embarrassed” as he is about Trump’s actions, following the insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday by his supporters.
On whether Trump should be impeached, Biden said he would leave Congress to make the decision, but that Trump “is not fit to serve.”
Biden said the “domestic terrorists ” who attacked the Capitol should be prosecuted and the security breach should be thoroughly investigated.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Friday said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.
The announcement comes days after Trump rioters failed to overthrow democracy and overturn the will of the people when they stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
Trump has refused to concede defeat after losing the election by a wide margin to Biden, and has been spreading baseless election fraud claims he has failed to prove in court.
Congress is discussing impeaching Trump for inciting the insurrection against the United States when he urged his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol and then delayed sending in the National Guard.
After what many described as a failed coup attempt, Trump released a video on Thursday night saying he will facilitate a peaceful transfer of power.
The announcement that he will not attend the inauguration may likely come as a relief for Biden who blasted Trump on Thursday for inciting a mob against the United States.