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Donald Trump inauguration: Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend

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Clintons announce decision after George W Bush reveals he will go to ceremony with former first lady Laura Bush

Bill and Hillary Clinton plan to attend Donald Trumps inauguration in a decision that will put Hillary Clinton on the stage as her bitter rival from the 2016 campaign assumes the office she long sought.

The Clintons announced their decision to attend the ceremony on 20 January shortly after former president George W Bushs office said on Tuesday he would attend along with former first lady Laura Bush.

The Bushes are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power a hallmark of American democracy and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice-President Pence, Bushs office said in a statement.

It is traditional for former presidents and their spouses to attend the inauguration. But the decision to attend was fraught for the Clintons, given Hillary Clintons bitter campaign against Trump. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has largely avoided public appearances since Trump defeated her in November.

Bush, too, has had a difficult relationship with Trump. His brother Jeb ran against Trump in the GOP primaries. George and Laura Bush let it be known they voted for none of the above for president rather than cast a ballot for Trump, but the ex-president did call to congratulate Trump after his victory.

Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, earlier said they planned to attend Trumps inauguration.

Former president George H W Bush, 92, and his wife, Barbara, do not plan to attend the inauguration due to the former presidents age and health, his office said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/04/bill-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-inauguration

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