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Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE said on Thursday that it is not important to him personally if President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE attends his inauguration next month, but added that it would be important for the country to bear witness to a peaceful transfer of power. 

"Important in only one sense," Biden told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMississippi governor: Biden goal of 70 percent of US vaccinated by July 4 is 'arbitrary' Energy secretary: Adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid King: 'There has to be trust' between government, companies following cyberattacks MORE when asked if he thought it was important for Trump to attend his inauguration. "Not in a personal sense, important in a sense that we are able to demonstrate at the end of this chaos that he's created that there is a peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands and moving on."

"It is totally his decision and it’s of no personal consequence to me," he added, "but I do think it is for the country."
 
Trump has not yet said whether he will attend Biden's inauguration. The president still has not formally conceded the election to Biden and continues to claim, without evidence, that the election was fraught with widespread voter fraud. 
 
The Daily Beast reported this week that Trump has floated to advisers the possibility of launching a 2024 presidential campaign during Biden’s inauguration week. 
 
 
“If Biden winds up winning, yeah, I think so,” Graham said. “I just think it’s good for the country. It’d be good for him.”