Top Republicans in Congress are planning to skip Donald Trump’s departure ceremony on Wednesday morning to attend church with President-elect Joe Biden.
Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will both snub Donald Trump in favor of attending mass with incoming President Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration, Axios reports.
The Catholic service will take place at St. Matthew’s church in downtown Washington D.C., about 10 blocks from the White House. It is expected to begin at 8:45am.
Pence is also expected to skip Trump’s farewell ceremony as well. Aides to Mike Pence –who is expected to attend Biden’s inauguration– say it would be logistically challenging for the vice president to do both.
According to CNN, dozens of current and former administration officials, including some who have been very critical of Trump, have been invited to his farewell event, including former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, John Kelly, and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
Trump is expected to leave Washington before Joe Biden is sworn in as president and he wants a big send-off with a military band, red carpet and an Air Force fighter jet flyover.
The invite says each guest may RSVP five people but, it does not appear that Trump will get as big a crowd as he’d anticipated.