President Donald Trump took to Twitter, before his account was suspended, to confirm that he will not be attending president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted Friday.
Trump will be breaking traditions, usually outgoing Presidents host presidents-elect at the White House prior to formally ceding power at the inauguration ceremony. President Barack Obama hosted President Donald Trump prior to his inauguration in 2017.
At a press conference later on Friday, Biden said he agrees with Trump’s decision.
“Only thing we’ve ever agreed on,” Biden told reporters when asked for his reaction to Trump’s decision not to attend the inauguration.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that outgoing Vice President Mike Pence does plan to attend Biden’s inauguration, though plans have not yet been finalized.
Biden said Pence is still welcome to attend.
On Thursday, Trump formally acknowledged that he will leave office on Jan. 20, and urged his supporters to maintain peace through the remainder of the transition.