Biden invitations Pence to the inauguration and says it is a good factor Trump will not attend
President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that it is good that President Donald Trump will skip the inauguration ceremony later this month after one of the most chaotic weeks in modern American politics.
Trump, who helped fuel the violent uprising on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, said on Twitter on Friday that he would not attend the event on Jan. 20.
“On the way over here, I was told that he said he would not show up at the inauguration: one of the few things he and I ever agreed on,” Biden said of Trump. “It’s a good thing he doesn’t show up.”
“He exceeded even my worst expectations about him,” said the president-elect. “He is one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”
Speaking from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden added that he would welcome Vice President Mike Pence at the inauguration. The vice president’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
“I think it is important that we stick as closely as possible to the historical precedents and circumstances under which changes in administration should be sustained,” said Biden. “So if Mike – the Vice President is welcome to come. I would be honored to have him there and help move the transition forward.”
Earlier in the day, Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said the vice president and second lady Karen Pence had not decided whether they would attend.
The vice president broke up with Trump earlier this week when he said he was not empowered to cast ballot papers confirming Biden’s victory. Biden said he hadn’t spoken to Pence about the vice president’s participation in the ceremony.
Biden also gave a weird response to his views on Congress Democrats’ attempt to indict or otherwise remove Trump from office.
“I think it’s important that we get on with the business by getting him out of office. The quickest way that will happen is for us to be sworn in on the 20th,” said Biden. “What happens before or after is a judgment of Congress.”