Biden’s inauguration rehearsal suspended over security concerns, Politico says
NEW YORK (US) – A rehearsal for US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration planned for Sunday has been suspended because of security concerns, as reported by Politico late on Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision.
The rehearsal is now planned for Monday, according to the report.
Biden’s team had also cancelled an Amtrak trip from Wilmington to Washington scheduled for Monday amid heightened security concerns, the report added. Biden’s inauguration would be on January 20.
The presidential inaugural committee declined to comment on the report.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said earlier that the FBI will be monitoring individuals who could possibly threaten the safety of the inauguration.
Unlike the usual presidential inauguration, which garners hundreds of thousands of visitors to Washington, the ceremonies this time have been cut down dramatically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden asked his nominee for deputy attorney general and former President Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, will serve as a temporary homeland security adviser, which would lead to next week’s inauguration.
Officials have been warning about plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 states and activist groups have had concerns regarding a possibility for violence.
Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol last Wednesday, trying to halt the certification by Congress of Biden’s election win.