A couple of leaders from both parties are also invited
|[워싱턴=AP/뉴시스] On the 20th (local time), US President-elect Joe Biden attended a Mass at St. Matthew’s Church with his wife, Jill Biden (right), a few hours before the inauguration ceremony. 2021.01.20.|
According to the Associated Press and CNN, at 8:35 am on this day, Biden left the Blair House, the White House guesthouse where he spent the night, and attended the Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. As it was a new coronavirus infection (Corona 19), he was wearing a mask.
It was shortly after President Donald Trump left the White House and finished a farewell ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base and boarded Air Force One. President Trump, who has declared absent from the inauguration ceremony, heads to Florida.
The Mass was accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden, who will become the first lady.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Mhope also appeared.
Biden-elect has invited couples of both Democratic and Republican leaders to the Mass, the AP reported.
Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Representative, Chuck Schumer, Democratic Senate Representative, Democratic Congressman Nancy Pelosi, and Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy.
Usually, US presidents worship at St. John’s Church near the White House. However, Biden-elect, who will be the second Catholic president in the history of the United States, opted for Cathedral Mass.
Biden-elect attends the inauguration ceremony at 11:15 am. If he takes the oath at noon, he begins his term as the 46th president.
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