US Vice President Mike Pence to attend Biden’s inauguration

Vice President Mike Pence will attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, according to reports.

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, August 26, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

News of Pence’s intent comes just two days after President Donald Trump tweeted that he will not be in attendance at the January 20 service.

It’s the first time since 1869 that a sitting president will not attend the inauguration of an incoming president.

It’s just another indication that the relationship between the President and his second is strained after Trump publicly lambasted Pence for his role in counting the Electoral College votes and certifying Biden’s win last week.

Pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol last week – forcing members of Congress, including Pence, to seek refuge -were recorded shouting “Hang Pence”, in videos circulating on social media.