The announcement was no surprise; Trump has railed against the results of the election for the last two months, pushing conspiracy theories and misinformation about voter fraud while insisting he’d defeated Biden.
Biden won both the popular vote, with more than 81 million votes cast in his favor, and the Electoral College vote. Congress certified the Electoral College votes early Thursday morning, after the process was initially disrupted by a mob of Trump supporters who breached Capitol security.
Presidents typically attend the inauguration ceremonies of their successors in order to help facilitate a peaceful transition of power.
He will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successors inauguration. Johnson, like Trump was impeached.