BIDEN TRANSITION: [Jake Tapper: “President Trump has not said if he’s going to attend your inauguration yet. Do you think it’s important that he’s there? You’re laughing.”]
“I think it would — important only in one sense, not in a personal sense, important in the sense that we are able to demonstrate, at the end of this chaos that he’s created, that there is peaceful transfer of power, with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands, and moving on.
I think that’s an important — what I worry about, Jake, more than the impact on the domestic politics, I really worry about the image we’re presenting to the rest of the world…
So, in that sense, the protocol of the transfer of power, I think, is important.
But it is totally his decision, and it’s — it’s of no personal consequence to me. But I do think it is for the country.”
-Joe Biden, “Interview with President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President- Elect Kamala Harris. Aired 9-10p ET,” cnn.com, Dec. 3, 2020