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Joe Biden agrees with Donald Trump's decision to miss the inauguration


Joe Biden said on Friday that he was glad that Donald Trump was not coming to his inauguration on January 20.

“One of the few things he and I ever agreed on. It's a good thing he doesn't show up, ”he said at a press conference.

Trump announced on Friday that he would reject Biden's inauguration ceremony, a break with historical tradition.

"For everyone who asked, I won't go to the inauguration on January 20th," he said.

It was reported that Vice President Mike Pence will be present to demonstrate his support for a peaceful transfer of power.

Biden said of Pence, “He's welcome. I would be honored to have him. & # 39;

The president-elect said Trump was "an embarrassment for the country" and that if Trump stayed in office he would support the impeachment process or 25th amendment to remove him.

“If we were gone for six months, we should do everything we can to get him out of office. Again indictment and attempt to invoke the 25th amendment. Get him out of office. My focus now is getting us to take control as Vice President and President on the 20th and get our agenda moving, ”he said.

Biden will take the oath of office in 12 days.

The last president not to attend his successor's swearing-in ceremony was President Andrew Johnson in 1869 – who had also been indicted. Both John Adams and John Quincy Adams have berated their successors as well.

The nudge – both non-standard and unsurprising – came on a day when:

  • Nancy Pelosi announced that she had asked General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, how he was preventing a "troubled president" from using the nuclear codes or taking military action, but without saying how he reacted;
  • She held a meeting with members of the Democratic House and told them that if Trump does not step down immediately, Trump will face charges next week.
  • The prospect of using the 25th Amendment seemed to be fading. Pence has been reported reluctant to use it, if only because of the legal chaos that would result from whether the Cabinet had enough members to invoke it – in part because Elaine Chao, the Transportation Secretary, and Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary resigned in disgust, in part because Trump filled the Cabinet with incumbent secretaries whose legal authority to appeal is unclear;
  • Republican Senator Ben Sasse said he was ready to indict and remove Trump, making him the first GOP caucus to vote against the president's conviction last year to change his position – but no others have followed so far;
  • After his cabinet was shaken by resignations, one of his closest associates, Hope Hicks, announced that she would resign next week – although she claimed it was her plan and White House attorney Pat Cipollone was also on the sidelines of the happening.
  • Washington DC District Attorney Karl Racine hinted that he was investigating Trump, Don Jr. and Rudy Giuliani for instigating the riot at the ferocious White House rally where the President demanded and said "strength" that he was going to march on the Capitol and Giuliani called for "trial by struggle";
  • The FBI started a murder hunt to find the MAGA rioters who killed officer Brian Sicknick during the Capitol storm and apparently hit him over the head with a fire extinguisher.
  • Police officers across the country began rounding up suspected rioters after posting wanted photos. Among those arrested was the self-proclaimed white supremacist who was pictured with his feet on Pelosi's desk.

We finally agree: Joe Biden said it was good news that Donald Trump would not be there when he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris unveiled additional members of their economic team at an event in Wilmington, Delaware

President Donald Trump initially opposed the recording of his video message acknowledging his loss of the election, but consented after being warned that he could be at legal risk

President Donald Trump initially opposed the recording of his video message acknowledging his loss of the election, but consented after being warned that he could be at legal risk

Meet the Press: Joe Biden answered questions from reporters as he revealed new cabinet selections. Strict social distancing offers some clues as to how the first few months of its administration will try to set an example by following COVID restrictions

Meet the Press: Joe Biden answered questions from reporters as he revealed new cabinet selections. Strict social distancing offers some clues as to how the first few months of its administration will try to set an example by following COVID restrictions

TRUMP TAPED SPEECH after being told it could be charged

Trump card At first he opposed the recording of his video message in which he confirmed his loss of the election, but afterwards agreed White House The lawyer warned him that he could bring charges for stirring up the mob.

The Justice Department said Thursday it would not rule out indicting President Trump over his potential role in encouraging the insurgents who raided the Capitol.

"We look at all the actors, not just the people who have entered the building," said Michael Sherwin, the US lawyer in Washington, at a press conference.

Trump approved the statement Thursday night after White House attorney Pat Cipollone warned him of the legal risk. The New York Times reported. Aides had urged the president to publicly denounce the pro-Trump mob.

And Cipollone is considering resigning, CNN reported in frustration with Trump and the president's attorney, conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, who has argued that voting machines are changing the votes from Trump to Joe Biden. Dominion Voting Systems is suing them for making false claims about their machines.

So far, two cabinet secretaries – Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary who is Mitch McConnell's wife, and Betsy DeVos, the billionaire education secretary – have resigned, while Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has announced that he will support the transition to the Biden administration.

Cipollone's job is to advise Trump in his office as president, not personal legal advice. So it is as far as possible to warn him that he could be charged. To offer Trump a defense council as a private person would at least be a violation of his government employment and possibly illegal or a ground for action for the Washington D.C. Bar Association.

While the president's first response to the MAGA mob was, "We love you, you're special" in his nearly three-minute video remarks, Trump finally denounced the violence on Capitol Hill.

“For those who take part in acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country. And you will pay those who break the law, ”he said.

But it also ended with a warm note for his followers.

& # 39; To all of my wonderful supporters. I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning, ”he said.

Trump tweeted his refusal to uphold the tradition by going to Biden's swearing-in ceremony when his remaining aides and allies dubbed him a "total monster" and "mad King George" as his presidency ends in chaos.

Trump isolated himself from his staff and the Republican Party, who had been hiding in the Oval Office with a bunker mentality when the aides asked him to send a message of healing to the country after the MAGA mob storming Capitol Hill.

He returned to Twitter Thursday night – after the social media network banned his account – with a call for "peace" and "unity", despite his own role in whipping the mob that stormed the Capitol and killed one Police officers left four unrecognized deaths of their own in their wake.

But on Friday morning the peacemaking ended: He published a tweet in part in all capital cities to thank his supporters and to call them "great American patriots".

& # 39; The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKING AMERICA BIG AGAIN, will continue to have a HUGE VOTE. You will not be disregarded or treated unfairly in any way, in any form or in any form! ", he wrote.

Shortly after Trump announced the nudge, Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton, announced that they would be attending. George W. Bush and his wife Laura had already confirmed that they would attend. Jimmy Carter, 96] and Ms. Roslynn, 93] will be absent, the first inauguration they have missed since 1977 while trying to protect themselves from COVID.

Trump and first family will reportedly be leaving the White House on Jan. 19 to fly to his Mar-a-Lago Florida residence – a decision made to keep him on an Air Force One plane is allowed to fly, a privilege he loses as soon as he is not the seated president.

Trump's return to Twitter and the revelation he won't be going to Biden was a profound change in tone from his video last night when he admitted he hadn't won the November election.

It took many unsuccessful litigation, an attack on Capitol Hill and congressional confirmation of the election of the Congressional College, and then an explicit warning from Cipollone of possible criminal exposure to get the president to this point in the first place – only to have him on Friday morning Could reverse course and return to tweets with all capitals.

The Washington Post spoke to aides and allies who labeled Trump "mentally fragile" and said daughter Ivanka is one of the few who can reach him.

"A lot of people don't want to talk to him," said a senior administration official. "He's in a terrible mood all the time and he's defensive and everyone knows this was a terrible mistake."

One government official described Trump's behavior as that of a "total monster".

An ally called him "crazy".

& # 39; He's alone. He's the crazy King George, ”said a Republican who was in frequent contact with the White House. Trump believes that he intimidated these people so much that they wouldn't dare to mess with him. I think Trump doesn't understand how precarious his situation is right now. & # 39;

The descriptions came after adjutants spent hours convincing the President to denounce the MAGA mob that attacked Capitol Hill. They asked him to go on Fox News, tweet, and make a statement.

Trump agreed to a video but he ad-libs the script as he spoke and told the rioters that he "loved" them, but did not specifically ask them to leave the Capitol.

But as more and more Republicans distanced themselves from him and talked about removing him from office by the 25th amendment or impeachment, Trump released a second video statement denouncing the violence and acknowledging his loss of the election.

Trump's speech was an amazing change in tone. In a rare encounter with reality, he admitted that there will be a new government on January 20th.

He also said that this moment "calls for healing".

Despite talk of healing, Trump plans to go to the United States' border with Mexico next week to highlight his immigration policy, the New York Times reported.

It could be his last trip as President of the United States.

His tough approach and border wall fueled the debate on the issue and the president is unlikely to step down.

The president last visited the border in June when he went down during the presidential campaign to check the progress of his wall.

It was also revealed on Friday that Trump initially refused to record his video message acknowledging his loss of the election but consented after White House attorney warned him he might be charged with stirring up the mob.

The Justice Department said Thursday it would not rule out indicting President Trump over his possible role in encouraging the insurgents who raided the Capitol, leaving a trail of destruction and four deaths, including a Capitol cop.

"We look at all the actors, not just the people who have entered the building," said Michael Sherwin, the US lawyer in Washington, at a press conference.

Trump approved the statement Thursday night after White House attorney Pat Cipollone warned him of the legal risk, the New York Times reported. Aides had urged the president to publicly denounce the pro-Trump mob.

And Cipollone is considering resigning, CNN told CNN in frustration with Trump and the president's attorney, conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, who has argued that voting machines changed Trump's votes to Joe Biden. Dominion Voting Systems is suing them for making false claims about their machines.

Despite the efforts of several attorneys for a millionaire's dollar, the Trump team has been unable to provide evidence of mass voter fraud. Trump's own government has said the elections were legal and fair. Biden won with 306 votes against Trump's 232.

While the president's initial reaction to the MAGA mob was lukewarm, Trump condemned the violence on Capitol Hill in his nearly three-minute video remarks on Thursday night.

“For those who take part in acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country. And you will pay those who break the law, ”he said.

But it also ended with a warm note for his followers.

& # 39; To all of my wonderful supporters. I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning, ”he said.

White House attorney Pat Cipollone warned President Trump of legal danger, and the Justice Department did not rule out charges against him

White House attorney Pat Cipollone warned President Trump of legal danger, and the Justice Department did not rule out charges against him

The speech was also his first confirmation that he will not have a second term in the White House. Trump did not say the word "admit" nor recognize the new President Biden, but simply said that there would be a "new government".

Seated presidents are usually not charged with crimes. Trump will lose this protection in 12 days.

The Department of Justice will oversee the prosecution of those involved in the Capitol Hill attack as it has cases for Washington D.C. processed.

Trump long stoked the fires of anger among the MAGA crowd, going back to his 2016 campaign calling for Hillary Clinton, a wall to be built to separate the United States from Mexico, and imprisonment his last false accusation that year that the elections were being held was fraudulent.

Many Republicans denounced the president's actions, including former Attorney General Bill Barr, who told the Associated Press that it was inexcusable "to orchestrate a mob to pressure Congress."

Trump's video came after a day of disorder on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

After the attack on Capitol Hill, which rocked lawmakers and staff, several Trump officials and two cabinet secretaries resigned, citing the president's lackluster initial response to the unrest in the Capitol.

Some Republican lawmakers, including those who were Trump allies, also turned against him.

All of that pressure led to Thursday night's statement Trump blew up the "hideous" attack, calling for national "cure" and an "orderly" and "seamless" transition to a new administration.

"Let me start with the heinous attack on the United States Capitol," Trump said

“Like all Americans, I am outraged by violence, lawlessness and chaos.

PELOSI: "I asked the Chairman of the JOINT CHIEFS how he will keep the hustle and bustle away from the candles."

speaker Nancy Pelosi has said to colleagues that she called the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to discuss "precautionary measures" to prevent Trump from starting a war or accessing nuclear launch codes.

Pelosi said she spoke with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, U.S. Army General Mark Milley, but did not provide any information on his response

Pelosi said she spoke with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, U.S. Army General Mark Milley, but did not provide any information on his response

Pelosi released the letter just minutes before the House Democrats meeting to discuss whether to launch a second impeachment against Trump after inciting his supporters on their march to the Capitol, which resulted in a riot and several deaths – including one Capitol Policeman.

She headed her comment, "Preventing a President from Using the Atomic Codes" in a "Dear Colleague" letter.

"This morning I spoke with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley to discuss the precautions available to prevent an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike," she informed them.

In particular, it did not disclose what Milley's response was or whether security barriers were in place.

"This awkward president's situation couldn't be more dangerous, and we must do everything possible to protect the American people from their unbalanced attack on our country and our democracy," she wrote.

She also revealed that Vice President Mike Pence has not returned her call to discuss the 25th Amendment, which would allow him and a majority of Trump's cabinet to remove power from Trump and make Pence "incumbent president."

President Donald Trump posted a short video blowing up the "hideous" attack, calling for a national "cure" and calling for an "orderly" and "seamless" transition to a new government

President Donald Trump posted a short video blowing up the "hideous" attack, calling for national "cures" – and for an "orderly" and "seamless" transition to a new government

WASHINGTON: A day after the harrowing scenes at US Congress that stunned the world and left America's place as the beacon of democracy in ruins, a crowd control fence was erected around Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON: A day after the harrowing scenes at US Congress that stunned the world and left America's place as the beacon of democracy in ruins, a crowd control fence was erected around Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON: The DC National Guard cleans up order outside the Capitol on Thursday amid arguments over who accessed them at the height of the riot the previous day

WASHINGTON: The DC National Guard cleans up order outside the Capitol on Thursday amid arguments over who accessed them at the height of the riot the previous day

WAS KING GEORGE'S ANGRY NEWS IN THE 18th CENTURY?

King George III, nicknamed "Mad King George", ruled the United Kingdom and the British Empire from 1760 until his death in 1820 – making him America's last king.

But besides losing the colonies, his place in history has been defined by the description of him as "crazy" who speaks at high speed, writes sentences of 400 words, and appears hectic and distraught.

In 1810, a reign was established over mental health concerns.

His eldest son, George, Prince of Wales, ruled as Prince Regent until his father's death.

While nicknamed "Mad", the king is believed to have suffered from the blood disease porphyria, which attacks the central nervous system and can cause the symptoms he appears to have shown. Others have suggested he was bipolar.

But the link between his "madness" and the loss of the colonies is questioned by historians. The consequences that were recorded were after the Treaty of Paris.

His health was poor in his later life. He developed dementia and became completely blind and increasingly deaf.

The King has seen a popular culture revival in recent years as he was portrayed in the popular musical "Hamilton" and featured – although not seen – in the new Netflix series "Bridgerton".

Trump tweeted the video after being banned from Twitter for dangerous rhetoric and as he faced new demands for his impeachment and Pence's appeal on the 25th Amendment.

Trump defended his own previous claims of election fraud – but apologized for his most caustic rhetoric.

"We just went through an intense election and the movements are high, but now the minds must be cool and calm," said Trump.

"This moment requires healing and reconciliation," said Trump, who for years used his Twitter feed to attack his political rivals.

"Now Congress has confirmed the results and a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus is now on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power," he said.

On a day when top Democratic leaders accused him of "sparking riots," Trump described his election challenges, which aimed to reverse the results, as a plan to protect democracy itself – despite Biden beating it with millions of votes.

& # 39; My election campaign vigorously pursued every legal channel to challenge the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. And so I fought to defend American democracy, ”Trump said.

After encouraging his followers to "fight" and send them to the Capitol, he beat those who entered the Capitol for "lawlessness and chaos".

"The protesters who infiltrated the Capitol have polluted the seat of American democracy," he said.

& # 39; For those involved in acts of violence and destruction. You don't represent our country. And those who broke the law, you will. & # 39;

Trump's words – with no reporters present to question him, consistent with a media outage in the weeks following his loss – hit some of the points his own supporters made clear to him at a time of national tension.

His spokesman, Kayleigh McEnany, made a brief statement about the situation at the Capitol about two hours earlier, speaking for only a few minutes and not taking any questions.

Hours earlier, Trump's transportation secretary Elaine Chao announced that she would be stepping down. Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, followed suit.

Several aid workers announced their immediate departure after the unrest in the Capitol. His former chief of staff, John Kelly, has condemned his behavior, and his former acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, has resigned as envoy at the State Department.

Meanwhile, there has been a flurry of pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to either impeach or pass the 25th Amendment.

"Now Congress has confirmed the results and a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus is now on ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transfer of power," he said

An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday

An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol on Wednesday

Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that stunned the nation

Pro-Trump insurgents stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an attack that stunned the nation

However, sources close to Vice President Mike Pence indicated that he would not agree to the 25th amendment scenarios that would take Trump out of his power.

Another boost came in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Rupert Murdoch amid a spate of Democratic impeachment proceedings. Successful impeachment would exclude Trump from future office – resignation would not.

"If Mr Trump wants to avoid a second impeachment, his best path would be to take personal responsibility and step down," the editorial said. 'This would be the cleanest solution as it would immediately hand over the President's duties to Mr Pence. And there would be Mr. Trump agency, a la Richard Nixon, about his own fate. & # 39;

Trump's call for a smooth transition came after weeks of transition that was far from smooth.

His lawyers and allies filed a blizzard of "octopus" lawsuits – almost all going to defeat; A lawyer resigned. The Supreme Court declined to accept a challenge in Texas. Affidavits by Trump supporters alleging fraud fell apart or were thrown in court.

A government official, the head of the General Services Administration, declined to certify Joe Biden as President-Elect for days and denied his people access to the current administration and its data.

During the transition, Biden's methodological announcements about cabinet selections – usually big news that allow a new administration to introduce their team to the public – were overshadowed by the drama of Trump's election campaign.

The Mayor of Washington has put the city on alert with the inauguration, Capitol Police are expanding the security area around the Capitol in preparation for the inauguration, and some officials are warning of more potential chaos from Trump's supporters after the President of the President's allegations President has raised the election. The election was "rigged" and "stolen" from him.

THE FIVE PEOPLE WHO DIED AT MAGA MOB RIOT ON CAPITOL

Capitol Cop Brian Sidnick, 42 ​​- "Murdered" by the crowd

Sidnick was reportedly hit over the head with a fire extinguisher during the chaos. It is unclear exactly where he was when he was injured; Many of his colleagues were outnumbered that day.

He then retired to his department office, where he collapsed. He was rushed to hospital and given life support, but died Thursday evening.

The federal prosecutor's office has now started a murder investigation into his death. Like the people he fought against, he supported Trump.

Roseanne Boyland, 34 – Trampled in the rotunda

Roseanne Boyland, 34, from Georgia, was trampled in the rotunda, her family told DailyMail.com on Thursday, after police may have "knocked her down" in the crowd.

Her family said they planned to hold back but were encouraged by Trump's speech the previous Wednesday.

They say they blame Trump for her death.

Ashli ​​Babbitt, 35 – Shot by policemen climbing into the Capitol

Ashli ​​Babbitt, 35, was a 14-year-old Air Force veteran who was fatally shot in the chest by Capitol Police when she broke through the building.

One witness to the shooting suggested that the San Diego local was shot and killed by police when they tried to climb through a broken window to get into the Congress Chambers.

She was lying on the floor afterwards and blood was flowing from her nose. She was the only person who was shot on Wednesday.

Kevin Greeson, 55 – Had a heart attack "in the midst of the excitement"

His family said in a statement: “Kevin has had high blood pressure in the past and suffered a heart attack amid the excitement. Our family is devastated. & # 39;

Social media photos show Greeson proudly posing with two AR-15 rifles. He regularly posted on the Parler website, where he promoted violence against Democrats.

Recent comments included: “Let's take this damn land back! Load up your guns and take to the streets. I bring my weapons. & # 39;

Ben Phillips, 50 – Had a stroke after leading the caravan of Trump fans from PA to DC

According to The Inquirer, Phillips described the day as "the first day of the rest of our lives".

"You should call this year Zero because something is going to happen," his friends claim before the uprising began.

Phillips founded Trumparoo, a website that allows Trump supporters to talk to one another, and organized transportation for dozens of people to get from Pennsylvania to DC on Wednesday.

It is unclear at what point on the day he suffered his stroke or whether he was married or had children.