Ashley Biden says Melania Trump has not reached out to Jill Biden

Ashley Biden says Melania Trump has not reached out to Jill Biden
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE’s daughter, Ashley Biden, said Tuesday that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE has not reached out to her mother, incoming first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden's chief of staff picked for US ambassador to Spain Anita Dunn to return to consulting firm she founded US athletes chant 'Dr. Biden' as first lady cheers swimmers MORE, about arranging the traditional procedures for the transition of power. 

“I don’t think they’re doing the traditional protocol, which is unfortunate, but I think we are all OK with it,” Ashley Biden said in an interview with Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, on NBC’s "Today" show.

Melania Trump’s decision not to facilitate a “tea and tour” at the White House represents a break with tradition.


Typically, the outgoing first lady invites the incoming first lady for tea at the White House and a tour to become acclimated with the White House residence as part of the transfer of power. 

Melania Trump was invited by then-first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to Simone Biles: 'We are proud of you and we are rooting for you' Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE to have tea and tour the White House in 2017 as the Trump administration took hold.

The current first lady, who released a farewell video message reflecting her work the past four years on Monday, is expected to depart Washington, D.C., with President Trump on Wednesday morning for Palm Beach, Fla. Trump also has not spoken or met with Biden and is not expected to meet with the incoming president Wednesday, bucking tradition. 

While Trump has acknowledged the start of a new administration Wednesday, he has not explicitly stated that Biden won the election after disputing the election results for two months.

Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president Wednesday amid tension in Washington following the Jan. 6 mob attack at the U.S. Capitol. The inaugural ceremonies will also have a different feel due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the traditional events either taking place with smaller crowds or virtually.