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President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that Pence was welcome at his swearing in, while noting that President Trump not attending was actually a “good thing” for him.
Vice President Mike Pence is going to attend Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration on January 20, NBC News reported, citing a source familiar with his decision.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has tweeted he is not going to show up at the ceremony.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, President-elect Biden expressed a desire to see Pence at the swearing-in ceremony.
“The Vice President is welcome to come. I’d be honored to have him there,” Biden said, while noting that Trump‘s decision to skip the ceremony was a “good thing”.
Earlier media reports suggested that Pence was going to come, but his press secretary, Devin O’Malley, dismissed them, tweeting, “You can’t attend something you haven’t received an invitation to… .”
Trump and Pence Frustrated With Each Other
Trump has been disappointed in his VP, on whom he had placed high hopes that he would support his electoral challenge and block the congressional certification of Biden’s victory on 6 January. However, Pence reportedly told the president he did not believe he had the power to reject the certification.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country [sic] and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet.
The post was removed before Twitter suspended Trump’s account permanently, citing risks that the president could further use the platform to provoke riots. Following the US Capitol siege on 6 January, when protesters stormed the building in order to prevent the certification of Biden’s win, lawmakers have accused Trump of being responsible for the violence.
According to Republican Sen. James Inhofe, who had a “long conversation with Pence”, the latter was frustrated with Trump urging him to overturn the results of the presidential election.
“After all the things I’ve done for [Trump],” Pence reportedly told Inhofe.
Inhofeadded that he’s never seen the VP “as angry” as he was on Wednesday.
Following the tragic events on January 6, in which at least 5 people died, House Democrats have drafted new articles of impeachment that seek to oust Trump on charges of “abuse of power” and “incitement of insurrection”. The articles are set to be formally introduced on Monday.
Latest draft of the articles of impeachment that will be formally introduced on Monday includes one article: “incitement of insurrection.” Reps. Cicilline, Lieu and Raskin are taking the lead pic.twitter.com/DUaVALWgzM
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 8, 2021
At the same time, the prospects of Trump’s removal seem slim, since only a few days are left before Biden swears on the Bible as the 46th president of the United States. According to House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, impeaching the president with 12 days left would only divide the country.