According to a person familiar with the plans, President-Elect Joe Biden will not take an Amtrak train to Washington before Inauguration Day next week. It is not yet clear how Mr Biden will travel to the inauguration.
As of Tuesday, the Biden team was still planning train arrivals, CBS News was told. But there was a sudden change in plans as the president-elect was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service about security concerns around Inauguration Day following the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
A spokesperson for Biden’s inaugural committee declined to comment on the change of plans.
The Biden Transition Team said in a statement on Wednesday, “This team is confounding with the current administration to obtain as much information as possible about the threat picture and preparations being made to prevent violent disruptions or attacks.” .
“The transition of power from one administration to another is a cornerstone of American democracy,” the statement said. “President-Elect Biden’s team will receive daily briefings on security and operational preparedness to ensure the transition smoothly.”
Biden’s arrival by the Amtrak train may have reflected his decades-long commute from Delaware to Washington as a US senator. Biden was proud of the millions of miles traveled by train over the years.
CNN was the first to report changes in travel plans.
A Biden Transition spokesman confirmed to CBS News that Lisa Monaco, President Obama’s former homeland security adviser, would serve as a temporary advisor to the transition on homeland security surrounding the inauguration.
“Ms. Monaco will assist in the presidential election and will work with incoming National Security Advisor, incoming Homeland Security Advisor and current security and law enforcement officials, including the United States Secret Service on their plans for the inauguration.” A transition spokesman said, threats, Ms. Monaco’s temporary role will be fully focused on the period leading up to the inauguration.
Monaco has been nominated by Mr. Biden to serve as deputy attorney general. Transition said that Monaco would cease its nomination-related activities and engagement to serve as deputy attorney general. This is an all hands-on deck period, but the goal is to quickly and basically give full responsibility to the incoming Homeland Security Advisor. And team as soon as possible. “
The spokesperson also reiterated that the transition continues to be “pressed for rapid confirmation” following Alejandro Mayorkas’ January 19 confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Homeland Security.