Biden welcomes Trump's snubbing of inauguration
President-elect Joe Biden has said it was "a good thing" that his predecessor Donald Trump is skipping his inauguration.
Mr Biden described Mr Trump's decision as "one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on".
"It's a good thing, him not showing up."
Mr Biden was scathing in criticising the current president over his behaviour leading up to the deadly Capitol riot.
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"He exceeded even my worst notions about him," Mr Biden said.
"He's been an embarrassment to the country."
Mr Trump announced via tweet overnight that he would not be attending Mr Biden's swearing in, making him the first incumbent president since 1869 to do so.
The move undercuts his message just a day earlier that he would work to ensure a "smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power" to his successor.
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," he said in a tweet Friday morning US time (2.44am Saturday AEDT).
He will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to skip his successors inauguration.
Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents ride to the US Capitol together for the ceremony, as a symbol of the nation's peaceful transition.
Mr Trump offered no clues as to how he would spent his final hours in office.
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Mr Trump's comments come two days after a violent mob of his supporters occupied the Capitol for several hours as lawmakers were tallying the electoral votes that certified Mr Biden's victory.
Mr Biden will become president at noon on January 20 regardless of Mr Trump's plans.
The move had been widely expected, as Mr Trump for months falsely claimed victory in the election and promulgated baseless claims of voter fraud. His own administration said the election had been fairly run.
Vice President Mike Pence is still expected to attend the inauguration.
Mr Biden's transition team had no immediate comment on Trump's announcement. But Jen Psaki, the president-elect's incoming White House press secretary, said last month that whether Trump attended the inauguration was not top of mind for Mr Biden.
- Reported with Associated Press