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Rep.-elect Issa says Trump should attend Biden inauguration

Rep.-elect Issa says Trump should attend Biden inauguration

Rep.-elect Darrell IssaDarrell Edward Issa'If this thing qualifies, I'm toast': An oral history of the Gray Davis recall in California House Republicans urge opposition to vaccine patent waiver Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America MORE (R-Calif.) said Thursday he hopes President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE will attend President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE’s inauguration next month amid speculation Trump could skip the quadrennial affair.

“You know since George Washington there has been a peaceful transition of power, and I think it’s important that it continue, so yes of course I would,” he said at The Hill's event "Meet the New Members" when asked if Trump should attend the Jan. 20 inauguration.

“The reality is when the outgoing and the incoming president join, it is a unique time. It’s a time in which America respects both of these as they transition, and it’s an important time, and I hope it will occur.”

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Issa is the latest Republican to indicate that Trump should attend the event signifying the peaceful transition of power. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election Tim Scott: Could be 'very hard' to reach police reform deal by June deadline MORE (R-S.C.), a top White House ally, said last month before Biden’s victory was certified by the Electoral College that doing so would be “good for the country.”

Issa is known to be close to Trump. He endorsed him in 2016 and was nominated to lead the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, though he never received Senate confirmation for the job.

Trump has refused to concede his loss to Biden even after the Electoral College earlier this week certified Biden’s win in the White House race. 

The president and his allies have launched a sweeping legal campaign looking to overturn the election, claiming that widespread voter fraud cost him reelection. However, virtually all of the lawsuits have been tossed out, including by some Trump-appointed judges, for lack of evidence or standing. 

Issam, who is entering his second stint in the House, recognized Biden’s victory, telling moderators Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Trump legal switch hints at larger problems MORE and Steve Clemons that “Joe Biden will be our president come Jan. 20.”

The Hill’s "Meet the New Members" event was sponsored by Philips Morris International and Mastercard.