Donald Trump has announced that he will not attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
In a statement on his recently restored Twitter account, the former game show host confirmed that he would be the fourth president in history to refuse to attend his successor’s ceremony.
The others were John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Johnson.
Hours earlier, the Republican leader had promised the Democrat a peaceful change of power.
He wrote: “To all who have asked, I will not go to the inauguration on January 20th.”
It is traditional for the outgoing president to sit near the victor along with other living former presidents at the swearing-in ceremony.
Discussions are ongoing as to whether Trump will leave Washington the day before Biden is sworn in, according to a Reuters source.
He is expected to travel to his Florida home, the source said.
Facebook confirmed today (January 7th) that it will suspend Donald Trump’s account “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks” following unrest in the US Capitol.
The US president was suspended from a number of social platforms after he was held responsible for inciting violent clashes on Wednesday.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his own platform that it was clear that Mr. Trump intended to use his remaining term in office to “undermine the peaceful and lawful transfer of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.”