Trump decision to skip inauguration a ‘good thing’: Biden
Published: 03:18 PM, 9 January 2021
US President-elect Joe Biden
US President-elect Joe Biden said Donald Trump's decision to skip his inauguration is "one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on."
“I was told on the way over here that he indicated he wasn’t going to show up at the inauguration,” Biden told reporters on Friday in Wilmington, Delaware, at a news conference after he introduced Cabinet nominees.
“One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on,” Biden said. “It’s a good thing, him not showing up.”
“He’s been an embarrassment to the country,” Biden said.
“He’s not fit to serve,” the president-elect added of Trump, who is facing the possibility of being impeached next week for inciting his supporters to storm the US Capitol.
“He exceeded even my worst notions about him,” Biden said. “He’s one of the most incompetent presidents in the history of the United States of America.”
However, Biden said he is glad Vice President Mike Pence will attend his inauguration.
"He's welcome. I think it's important that as much as we can stick to what have been the historical precedents of how an administration changes should be maintained. And so Mike, the vice president, is welcome to come. We'd be honored to have him there, and to move forward in the transition," he said.
Biden’s remarks came after Trump tweeted earlier Friday that he would not attend the inauguration.