Pence and GOP leaders to skip Trump’s farewell event

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Gustaf Kilander
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 (AP)
(AP)

Republican leaders are skipping President Trump’s farewell event to instead attend church with incoming President Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration.

Senate Majority Leader, soon-to-be Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will both attend church with Mr Biden, Axios reports. It’s a snub symbolising a possible GOP establishment break with Donald Trump and a sign of unity for the country.

Vice President Mike Pence is also skipping Mr Trump’s event but is reportedly not going to attend church with Mr Biden.

Mr Trump’s sendoff will take place at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He has requested the event to include the military, with a band and maybe a flyover.

The Catholic service will take place at St. Matthew’s church about ten blocks from the White House in Washington, DC and expected to begin at 8:45 am, according to Axios. Mr Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol building at noon.

Dozens of administration officials, including several who have left the administration and some who have been very critical of Mr Trump, have been invited to his farewell event, CNN writes.

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