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Vice President Mike Pence has decided to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden instead of attending President Trump’s final send-off.
The news was revealed when the vice president’s office released his final press schedule. The only event on Wednesday’s calendar is the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies.
President Trump is scheduled to hold a farewell event on Wednesday morning at Joint Base Andrews.
The vice president released a message on Twitter late Tuesday thanking the American people — but the message did not mention the president.
“Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Vice President these past four years, it has been the greatest honor of my life,” the vice president wrote. “On behalf of our Wonderful Second Lady, Karen Pence, and our entire Family, Thank You and God Bless America.”
Official notice that Pence will attend inaugural and isn't scheduled to attend Trump's farewell event in the morning. Pence was spotted at the WH a few minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/UPWOgLThM5— Elizabeth Crisp (@elizabethcrisp) January 19, 2021
LATEST: Vice Pres. Mike Pence will not be attending Pres. Trump’s farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews tomorrow, according to his schedule. Instead, his only event of the day is to attend Biden's inauguration. https://t.co/H8TdhHbAba— ABC News (@ABC) January 19, 2021
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Vice President these past four years, it has been the greatest honor of my life. On behalf of our Wonderful Second Lady, Karen Pence, and our entire Family, Thank You and God Bless America. ?? pic.twitter.com/chbcBfvmB9— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 19, 2021