Donald Trump says he will not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration

Donald Trump says he will not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration

US president Donald Trump has said he will not attend his successor Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th, as political rivals sought to oust the incumbent president before the scheduled transition.

In a separate develoment, House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked the US military to ensure an “unhinged” Mr Trump doesn’t launch a nuclear strike in his last days in office.

Mr Trump tweeted to confirm he would not be present at the Capitol when Mr Biden takes the oath of office, just hours after he made a video statement finally acknowledging that Mr Biden had won the race to the White House.

Donald Trump says he will not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration

Traditionally the outgoing president and president-elect travel together to the ceremony at the Capitol from the White House.

There have been discussions at the White House about Mr Trump leaving Washington on January 19th, a source familiar with the matter said. He is expected to travel to his Florida resort, the source said.

In the earlier video statement, Mr Trump committed to a “seamless transition of power” as he conceded the race and condemned supporters who rioted at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Mr Trump spoke out against the violence seen in Washington DC on Wednesday, calling it a “heinous attack” that left him “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem”.

He also said now that Congress has certified the results, the “new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th” and his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power”.