“An embarrassment to the country”: Biden’s happy with Trump skipping inauguration

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, smiles during a primary night rally in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, US, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Photo: Bloomberg)

US President-elect Joe Biden is more than OK with Donald Trump not attending his inauguration.

Trump’s declaration that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration was one of the last tweets he made on Friday before Twitter permanently banned his account.

While Trump did not give a reason for not attending the ceremony, Biden is very happy that he won’t be there. He said it’s “one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.”

“It’s a good thing, him not showing up,” Biden told reporters Friday in Wilmington, Delaware, at a news conference. “He exceeded even my worst notions about him. He’s been an embarrassment to the country, embarrassed us around the world. He’s not worthy to hold that office,” Biden said.

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,” Biden said.