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Trump Would Be Only The 4th President In History To Refuse To Attend The Opening Of The Successor



President Donald Trump has not yet indicated whether he will attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. If he is absent, he would join only a handful of incumbents who have not witnessed the formal handing over of power.

Biden has said that Trump’s presence at the U.S. Capitol on January 20 would be an important signal, telling CNN: “It is totally his decision and it’s of no personal consequence to me,” but adding, “I do think it is for the country.”

However, as Trump continues to dispute the election result, the chances of his becoming a no-show are growing. NBC reported that Trump does not plan to attend and may even announce a campaign to retake the White House in 2024 on the same day.

The most recent one-term president, George H.W. Bush told his supporters after losing to Bill Clinton in 1992 that he was committed to working “closely with his team to ensure the smooth transition of power.”


Correction 12/4/20, 1:40pm. ET: This article has been updated to correct the surname of President Andrew Johnson.



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