Former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Clinton will attend president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to several reports citing aides close to the Clintons.
New York magazine cited “well-placed sources” to the Clintons saying they “decided to do so out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.”
Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush will also attend the inauguration. In a statement, the Bushes said they were “pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power – a hallmark of American democracy” by attending the ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Clintons will join former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, who have also announced that they will attend. George and Laura Bush said today that they would be present “to witness the peaceful transfer of power.”
Former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush will attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Bush’s office announced Tuesday.
“They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power — a hallmark of American democracy — and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence,” Bush’s office said in a statement.
Bush will join President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as the former West Wing occupants to attend. Hillary Clinton will also attend.
George H.W. Bush will not be there, with a spokesman citing the 92-year-old former president’s age as the reason for his planned absence.
George W. Bush, whose younger brother Jeb came up short in his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination, did not vote for Trump in November. Bush and his wife voted for “None Of The Above for President,” a spokesman said, but voted for other down ballot Republicans.
Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, will also attend the inauguration.