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Sen. Rick Scott urges Trump to reconsider attending inauguration

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 13:30:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Just days after Sen. Rick Scott objected to certifying Pennsylvania's electoral votes, he is asking President Trump to reconsider his decision to skip the upcoming inauguration.

On Friday, Sen. Scott released the following statement regarding President Trump's recent decision to skip President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

“I am urging the President to reconsider his decision to skip the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. He is, of course, not constitutionally required to attend and I can imagine losing an election is very hard, but I believe he should attend. I plan to attend and believe it is an important tradition that demonstrates the peaceful transfer of power to our people and to the world.”
Sen. Rick Scott

Traditionally, outgoing Presidents host presidents-elect at the White House prior to formally ceding power at the inauguration ceremony.

With this decision, President Trump will be the first incumbent president to skip his successor's inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869.

This statement comes after Sen. Scott objected to the certification of Pennsylvania's electoral votes, hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.