US Vice President Mike Pence does not want to come to the planned farewell ceremony for President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning at Andrews military airport near Washington.
The Vice President's program published by the White House for Wednesday only allows Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence to attend the inauguration ceremony for Trump's successor Joe Biden at the Washington Capitol, starting at 11:30 a.m. local time / 5:30 p.m. CET should.
The broadcaster CNN reported that the invitations for Trump's farewell stated that the start date was 8 a.m.
According to media reports, Trump then wants to fly to Florida.
CNN and the Washington Post cite sources from the Pence community, according to which participation in both events would have been logistically difficult.
The Washington Post also pointed out, however, that a helicopter could cover the approximately 21 km long distance from the White House to the military airport in ten minutes.
In his farewell message to the nation published on Tuesday, Trump Pence expressly thanked him.
In the end, however, there was a break between the president and his deputy.
Pence had refused to give in to Trump's pressure to prevent the November 3 presidential election results from being certified in Congress.
Trump wanted to tip Biden's election victory at the last minute.
The elected president had then sharply criticized Pence.
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, where the meeting to certify the results took place under Pence's chairmanship - the vice president is also President of the Senate.
Trump supporters chanted, among other things, "Hang Pence".
Trump has announced that Biden will not be sworn in.
He is the first President since Andrew Johnson in 1869 not to attend the inauguration ceremony for his successor at the Capitol.
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