US President Donald Trump has, on Friday, said he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.
He said this a day after Biden’s Electoral College win was certified by a joint session of the US Congress.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump wrote on his official Twitter handle.
The President had earlier issued a broadcast saying he’s now focused on delivering a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.
He also addressed the invasion of the US Capitol by his supporters who were egged on by his claims of widespread voter fraud in the election of November 3, 2020.
He said, “I’ll like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States Capitol. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem. I immediately deployed the National Guard and Federal Law Enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. America is and must always be a nation of law and order.
“The demonstrators who infiltrated the nation’s Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engaged in acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay.
“We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high. Now temper must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America.