Vice President Mike Pence plans to attend the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, but is not expected to attend a kick-off ceremony scheduled for Donald Trump earlier today.
Pence’s schedule includes attendance at the Capitol, where Biden and Harris will be sworn in at noon ET.
Earlier today, Trump is expected to leave Joint Base Andrews with a morning ceremony, but CNN and other media have reported that Pence is not expected to be there. Pence was presiding over the Senate when rioters stormed the Capitol, screaming threats against the vice president for failing to maneuver to overturn the election results so Trump could win the election.
Trump’s sending off ceremony will be unusual for an incumbent president. He declined to attend Biden’s inauguration or even congratulate him on his victory. The closest he has managed to concede the race is when he acknowledged in a Jan.7 video that a new administration will arrive on Jan.20.
Normally, the outgoing president invites the president-elect to the White House for morning tea, and they go together to the inauguration, a symbol of the peaceful transfer of power. Trump will be the first president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to skip the inauguration of a successor.