Donald Trump said that he won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, a break from history that has traditionally been a symbol of the peaceful transfer of power.
His announcement comes amid growing calls for him to resign or be removed from office, after Democrats and a number of Republicans believe he bears blame for the siege on the Capitol on Wednesday.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted on Friday.
Trump will be the first president not to attend his successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869. Richard Nixon resigned from office and left the White House before Gerald Ford was sworn in in 1974. It may now be left to Vice President Mike Pence to represent the outgoing administration.
It has been a tradition for the incumbent president to invite the president-elect to the White House, and they ride to the inauguration together.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans a conference with members Friday to discuss the possibility of bringing articles of impeachment to the floor, after she earlier said that Pence and the cabinet should consider invoking the 25th Amendment. If the House passed articles, Trump would be the first president to be impeached twice. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) told CBS News that he would consider voting to convict Trump if articles of impeachment reach the Senate.