Biden said on Friday that he was glad President Trump decided not to attend and that Vice President Pence is “welcome to come. I’d be honored to have him there.”
The decision is Pence’s second high-profile split from Trump, after standing loyally behind him for years. Despite pressure from Trump, Pence affirmed Biden’s victory when Congress finished tallying Electoral College votes early Thursday morning. Trump had called for Pence to show “extreme courage” by rejecting the certification process.
Former presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton are also expected to attend the inauguration.