Joe Biden has welcomed the news Donald Trump won’t be at his inauguration (Picture: Reuters/ Getty)
The President-elect did not hold back when asked for his reaction to the news Mr Trump has decided to stay away from the big event on January 20.
‘I was told on the way over here that he indicated he wasn’t going to show up at the inauguration,’ Mr Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.
He said it was ‘one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on’, adding: ‘It’s a good thing, him not showing up.’
Mr Trump tweeted earlier on Friday that he won’t be going to the inauguration as he continues to make baseless claims that the election was stolen from him.
Supporters of the current President stormed the US Capitol building on Wednesday night as the election result was certified in scenes that were widely condemned around the world.
‘He’s been an embarrassment to the country,’ Mr Biden said.
Donald Trump campaigning on behalf of Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue – the two senators who both lost their seats in Georgia (Picture: Getty)
‘He’s not fit to serve,’ the president-elect added of Mr Trump, who is facing the possibility of being impeached next week for his role in the ugly scenes in which five people died.
‘He exceeded even my worst notions about him,’ Mr Biden went on. ‘He’s one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.’
Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents ride to the U.S. Capitol together on inauguration day for the ceremony.
The outgoing president is expected to play a role in the peaceful transition of power and Mr Trump’s refusal to attend has been seen as undercutting the call he made for ‘national healing and unity’ just a day earlier.
While Mr Trump stays away, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and their wives will attend.
The only other living president, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, who has spent the pandemic largely at home in Georgia, will not go but has extended ‘best wishes’ to Mr Biden.
Mr Biden said Vice President Mike Pence would be welcome at his inauguration.
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