US Vice President, Mike Pence to attend Biden’s inauguration

Contrary to the position of his principal, US Vice President, Mike Pence says he will attend the inauguration of President-Elect, Joe Biden on January 20th.

US President had last week vowed not attend the inauguration of his successor after failing to stop the certification of his victory.

He disclosed this in a tweet via @realdonaldtrump that has now been suspended.

It was previously reported that Pence was planning to attend the inauguration, but was waiting on an invitation.

Word of Pence’s intention to watch President-elect Joe Biden take his oath of office in person spread one day after the first major break between Pence and President Donald Trump – when Pence defied the President by performing his constitutional duty to certify the election results.

Pence had faced intense pressure from Trump and his supporters to stop the ceremonial vote counting during a joint session of Congress, although he told the President it was not within his power to do so.

Biden said he was glad Pence would be attending.

“He’s welcome. I think it’s important that as much as we can stick to what have been the historical precedents of how an administration changes should be maintained. And so Mike, the vice president, is welcome to come. We’d be honoured to have him there, and to move forward in the transition,” Biden said.

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