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Former US president Bush will attend Biden’s inauguration

NEW YORK — Former US president George W. Bush, who became one of the first key Republicans to acknowledge the electoral victory of president-elect Joe Biden in November, will attend Mr Biden’s inauguration this month — even as president Donald Trump and his GOP allies refuse to accept the results.

Republican former US president George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Washington on January 20, his chief of staff said Tuesday.

Republican former US president George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Washington on January 20, his chief of staff said Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Former US president George W. Bush, who became one of the first key Republicans to acknowledge the electoral victory of president-elect Joe Biden in November, will attend Mr Biden’s inauguration this month — even as president Donald Trump and his GOP allies refuse to accept the results.

A spokesperson for Mr Bush, the only other living Republican president, announced Tuesday night that Bush and former first lady Laura Bush would travel to Washington for the Jan 20 ceremony.

“I believe this will be the eighth inauguration they’ve had the privilege of attending — President Trump’s being the most recent — and witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old,” the spokesperson, Mr Freddy Ford, said on Twitter.

On the same day that Mr Bush’s office confirmed that he would attend Mr Biden’s swearing-in, a spokeswoman for the oldest living former president, Mr Jimmy Carter, said Tuesday that the Democrat would miss the inaugural.

“President and Mrs Carter will not travel to Washington for the inauguration but have sent their best wishes to president-elect Biden and vice-president-elect Harris and look forward to a successful administration,” Mr Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center, said in an email Tuesday night.

Travelling to Washington for the ceremony, one that has been significantly scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic, would likely pose a considerable risk to the 96-year-old former president.

In 2019, Mr Carter underwent surgery for a broken hip after a fall at his home and needed stitches above his brow later that year after another fall.

In 2015, Mr Carter announced that he was cancer free after undergoing treatment for metastatic melanoma that had spread to his brain.

Four years ago, Mr Carter, whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported has attended every inauguration since his own in 1977, went to Mr Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

It was still unclear whether Mr Trump would attend Mr Biden’s inauguration. THE NEW YORK TIMES  

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