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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump will not attend the inauguration of his successor, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, later this month, he said in a tweet on Friday, hours after promising a peaceful transition of power.
There have been discussions at the White House about Trump leaving Washington on Jan. 19, a source familiar with the matter said. He is expected to travel to his Florida resort, the source said.
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," Trump wrote on Twitter.
To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
Trump will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successor's swearing-in, the Associated Press reported. Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents ride to the U.S. Capitol together for the ceremony, as a symbol of the nation's peaceful transition.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Tim Ahmann)
Contributing: The Associated Press
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