Donald Trump will not go to the inauguration of Joe Biden, he has said (Image: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
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Donald Trump has refused to attend the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Hours after the Republic leader promised a peaceful transition of power to the Democrat, Trump tweeted that he would not be at the inauguration on January 20.
It is traditional for the outgoing president, along with other living former presidents, to sit close to the victor at the swearing in event.
Trump will be the fourth President in history to refuse to attend his successor’s inauguration, after John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson.
Posting on his recently restored Twitter account, which had been blocked after Trump was seen to have encouraged thugs raiding the Capitol building, he wrote: "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."
Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)
According to a Reuters source discussions are ongoing as to whether Trump will leave Washington the day before Biden is sworn in.
It is expected he will travel to his home in Florida, the source said.
More to follow.