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Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20

India TV News Desk Washington 04 Jan 2017, 11:33:34 IST
India TV News Desk

Falling in line with tradition, Hillary Clinton will be in Washington to watch the man who beat her in the presidential election get sworn in.

Aides to the former secretary of state and Democratic nominee and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, said that they will be in Washington for Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.

The Clintons announced their decision to attend the Trump’s inauguration shortly after former president George W Bush's office on Tuesday said that he would attend along with former first lady Laura Bush.

"Yes, they will be attending the inauguration," aides to both Clintons said.

The Bushes 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.

It is traditional for former presidents and their spouses to attend the inauguration.

But the decision to attend was fraught for the Clintons, given Hillary Clinton's bitter campaign against Trump. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has largely avoided public appearances since Trump defeated her in November.

Bush, too, has had a difficult relationship with Trump. His brother Jeb ran against Trump in the GOP primaries. George and Laura Bush let it be known they voted for "none of the above" for president rather than cast a ballot for Trump, but the ex-president did call to congratulate Trump after his victory.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, earlier said they plan to attend Trump's inaugural.

Former President George H.W. Bush, 92, and his wife, Barbara, do not plan to attend the inauguration due to the former president's age and health, his office said.

With AP Inputs