Clintons announce decision after George W Bush reveals he will go to ceremony with former first lady Laura Bush
January 4, 2017:Â Bill and Hillary Clinton plan to attend Donald Trumpâ€™s inauguration in a decision that will put Hillary Clinton on the stage as her bitter rival from the 2016 campaign assumes the office she long sought.
The Clintons announced their decision to attend the ceremony on 20 January shortly after former president George W Bushâ€™s office said on Tuesday he would attend along with former first lady Laura Bush.
The Bushes are â€œpleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power â€“ a hallmark of American democracy â€“ and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice-President Pence,â€ Bushâ€™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 Clintonâ€™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 â€œnone of the aboveâ€ 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 planned to attend Trumpâ€™s inauguration.
Former president George H W Bush, 92, and his wife, Barbara, do not plan to attend the inauguration due to the former presidentâ€™s age and health, his office said.