WASHINGTON (AP) – President-Elect Joe Biden will no longer take an Amtrak train to Washington for his inauguration due to security concerns, a person briefed on the decision made to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The presidential-election decision reflects growing concerns over potential threats in the Capitol and during Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration in lead-ups across the US.
Security in Washington has increased considerably in preparation for inauguration after violent uprising Last week in the US Capitol, supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump and the FBI warned over the weekend Armed protests are planned in all 50 state capitals and in Washington DC until the day of the incident.
A person briefing on Biden’s decision spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. The news was first reported by CNN.
The move from Washington to Washington for a 90-minute train ride from his hometown of Wilmington was probably not easy for the president-elect. Biden’s preference for riding the train during his 36-year Senate career was such a central part of his public figure that he spent his last days at home as Amtrak as Vice President, and he spent the presidential train in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Also traveled. Part of an effort to appeal to blue-collar workers.
Biden was known for his train ride starting in the Senate from his early days, when he drove home almost every night to help his young sons raise their children after his wife and young daughter died in a car accident in 1972. Made a point of return. His embrace of Amtrak – and the friends he made between train conductors and staff as a regular – was featured in a short film that aired during the Democratic National Convention last August.
Train rides around the opening are not just security-related developments.
On Wednesday, Biden received a briefing from FBI officials, the Secret Service and his national security team about the possibility of additional violence in the coming days.
“Since the attack on Congress by a mob of domestic terrorists and violent extremists, the nation has continued to learn more about the threat to our democracy and the potential for additional violence in the coming days, both in the region and in the national capital. In cities across the country, ”according to a statement by the Biden Transition Team. “It’s a challenge that the president-elect and his team take incredibly seriously.”
Security has increased considerably around Washington, but especially around the Capitol, the National Mall and some of the nearby federal buildings, with incomparable walls and metal gates erected, roads closed and A new contingent of National Guard soldiers has camped in the Capitol.