Bill and Hillary Clinton Plan to Attend Trump’s Inauguration

  • Former President Bush and wife also traveling to Washington
  • Ex-presidents take part in ceremony marking transfer of power

Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband Bill Clinton and daughter, Chelsea, concedes the presidential election in New York, on Nov. 9, 2016.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton plans to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, joining other former occupants of the White House at the signal event marking the change in power in Washington.

Aides to both Clintons confirmed their plans shortly after former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, said that they would be making the trip for the Jan. 20 inauguration. "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.

Hillary Clinton lost to Trump after a bitter presidential campaign, in which the Republican suggested he would pursue prosecution of the former secretary of state for her use of a private e-mail system while in office, and she labeled him unqualified to hold the presidency.

Bush declined to publicly support Trump, his party’s nominee, and an aide said at the time that he didn’t vote for either Trump or Clinton.  

Former President George H.W. Bush, 92, and wife, Barbara, 91, won’t be making the trip to Washington, spokesman Jim McGrath said Tuesday, citing their age. Bush has been in frail health in recent years.

Jimmy Carter was the first former president to commit to attend, announcing his decision last month.

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