US President Donald Trump has announced that he will not attend President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
The move by Trump will be a break away from American tradition where an outgoing president normally attends his successor’s inauguration as a symbol of the peaceful transfer of power.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter amid growing calls for his resignation or removal from office as he takes the blame for the chaotic shameful invasion on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” tweeted Trump on Friday.
He will be the first president to skip his successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869 and later President Richard Nixon resigned from office and left White House before his successor Gerald Ford was sworn in to office in 1974.
Seemingly, Vice President Mike Pence may be forced to represent the outgoing administration during the January 20 ceremony amid fears Trump supporters maybe be planning to disrupt it.
Traditionally, the incumbent US president invites the president-elect to the White House during inauguration day before they ride to the crucial political event together.
A meeting between US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and lawmakers is slated for Friday to decide on the possible introduction on the floor of articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Pelosi earlier called on Pence and Trump’s cabinet to consider invoking the 25th Amendment to kick out Trump from the helm of what had hitherto been a symbol of democracy to the world.
The passage of such ouster articles in the House would make Trump the first president to be impeached twice with some Republican senators stating they would back such a move.
Among those who have called on the 74-year-old president to resign include former Secretary of State Colin Powell and immediate former Trump communications director Alyssa Farah.
Trump on Thursday promised an “orderly transition of power” a day after he incited his supporters to march to Capitol building to fight for him, even as members of his administration continue to resign over his actions after losing the November election to Biden.