Vice President Mike Pence will attend President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration on Jan. 20, an aide to the vice president said on Saturday, a split with President Trump’s decision not to go.
The adviser revealed the decision four days after Mr. Pence hunkered for cover at the Capitol complex as a mob of Trump supporters who had attended a rally with the president overtook the building during the certification of the Electoral College votes.
Mr. Trump confirmed on Friday that he would not be attending the inauguration.
Mr. Pence had always been likelier to attend the inauguration than Mr. Trump, who was an almost certain to skip the ceremony. But after the events at the Capitol on Wednesday that left five people dead, Mr. Pence’s decision was expected.
Mr. Biden said this week that he was happy not to have Mr. Trump there, but that Mr. Pence was “welcome” and that it would help with the transition. Mr. Trump had pressured Mr. Pence publicly and privately to overturn the certifications and throw them back to the states so that Mr. Trump could try to undo results in states that Mr. Biden won.
Source: THE NEW YORK TIMES