Vice President Mike Pence will attend President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration on Jan. 20, an aide to the vice chairman stated on Saturday, a cut up with President Trump’s choice to not go.
Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump haven’t spoken since Wednesday, an administration official stated, earlier than pro-Trump loyalists swarmed the Capitol as Congress convened to tally the Electoral School votes. As president of the Senate, Mr. Pence had the constitutionally designated process of opening and counting envelopes despatched from all 50 states and asserting their electoral outcomes.
Within the days resulting in the joint session of Congress, Mr. Trump had publicly and privately pressured Mr. Pence to overturn the certifications and throw them again to the states in order that Mr. Trump may attempt to undo ends in states that he had misplaced.
Mr. Trump confirmed on Friday that he would not be attending the inauguration. Mr. Biden stated this week that he was glad to not have Mr. Trump there, however that Mr. Pence was “welcome” and that it will assist with the transition.
Mr. Pence had at all times been likelier to attend the inauguration than Mr. Trump, who was nearly sure to skip the ceremony. However after the Capitol breach on Wednesday that left not less than 5 folks lifeless, Mr. Pence’s choice was anticipated.