Pence will attend Biden’s inauguration

Pence will attend Biden's inauguration
Vice President Mike Pence will attend the inauguration of Joe Biden. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: US Vice President Mike Pence will attend the inauguration of Joe Biden, who will take oath to the office on January 2o.

A source familiar with the plans confirmed it.

Several US media previously reported that Vice President Pence was planning to attend the inauguration, but he was waiting on an invitation.

Word of Pence’s intention to watch President-elect Joe Biden take his oath of office in person spread just one day after the first major break between him and President Trump — when Pence defied the President Trump by performing his constitutional duty to certify the election results.

The Vice president had faced intense pressure from the President and his supporters to somehow stop the ceremonial vote counting during a joint session of Congress, although he told Mr Trump it was not within his power to do so.

A pro-Trump earlier in the day Wednesday descended on the US Capitol where Vice President Pence was presiding over the counting of the Electoral College results, forcing him and his family to flee the chamber when the rioters infiltrated the building.

On Friday, Joe Biden said that he was glad Pence would be attending.

The president-elect said: “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.”

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