Hillary and Bill Clinton 'to attend Donald Trump's inauguration'

Despite losing a bitter election campaign, Hillary Clinton will attend the event on 20 January

Katie Forster
Tuesday 03 January 2017 20:33
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Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former President Bill Clinton, concedes the presidential election on 9 November
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former President Bill Clinton, concedes the presidential election on 9 November

The Clintons will attend Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States, according to their aides.

Despite losing a bitter election campaign to Mr Trump, Hillary Clinton has decided to attend the event on 20 January out of respect for the US democratic process, according to New York Magazine.

Two "well-placed" sources told the magazine Ms Clinton and former US President Bill Clinton planned to attend the country's 58th presidential inauguration.

This was also confirmed to CNN by the Clintons' aides, following news that former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush would be present at the event.

In a statement, Mr and Mrs Bush said they were "pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power," reported the broadcaster.

Jimmy Carter, the US head of state from 1977 to 1981, was the first to confirm his attendance at Mr Trump's inauguration – an event usually attended by all living former presidents.

Ms Clinton lost the election to Mr Trump in November with 232 Electoral College votes to the billionaire's 306.

However, the Democratic presidential nominee won nearly three million more votes overall, with 65.8 million votes compared to 63 million for Mr Trump.

The inaugural swearing-in ceremony of the new President and his Vice President, Mike Pence, will take place on the west front of the United States Capitol.

Mr Trump will take the Oath of Office, after which he will give the inaugural address.

After the ceremony, an inaugural parade will take place with more than 8,000 people taking part from more than 40 organisations.

High school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders and veteran groups from across America will parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.

Former America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho, who has also performed for President Obama, will sing the national anthem at the swearing-in ceremony.

Mr Trump is reportedly finding it hard to get big name stars to perform at the inaugural ball after a controversial campaign, but the President-elect’s advisor, Boris Epshsteyn, has said “it’s not about celebrities”.

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