President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is ‘of consequence’ to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE said on Thursday that it is not important to him personally if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is ‘of consequence’ to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE attends his inauguration next month, but added that it would be important for the country to bear witness to a peaceful transfer of power.
“Important in only one sense,” Biden told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine Biden, Harris to sit with CNN’s Tapper in first post-election joint interview Jake Tapper jokes he’s retained Giuliani to look into fraud in ‘Sexiest Man’ election MORE when asked if he thought it was important for Trump to attend his inauguration. “Not in a personal sense, important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos that he’s created that there is a peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands, and moving on.”
“It is totally his decision and it’s of no personal consequence to me,” he added, “but I do think it is for the country.”
Trump has not yet said whether he will attend Biden’s inauguration. The president still has not formally conceded the election to Biden and continues to claim, without evidence, that the election was fraught with widespread voter fraud.
The Daily Beast reported this week that Trump has floated to advisers the possibility of launching a 2024 presidential campaign during Biden’s inauguration week.
“If Biden winds up winning, yeah, I think so,” Graham said. “I just think it’s good for the country. It’d be good for him.”