A White House official told PEOPLE the first daughter was never "expected to" attend

By Virginia Chamlee
January 13, 2021 05:16 PM
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Despite earlier tabloid reports to the contrary, Ivanka Trump will not be in attendance at the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

"Ivanka is not expected to attend the inauguration nor was she ever expected to," a White House official tells PEOPLE.

The news comes one week after a violent mob of supporters of President Donald Trump descended on the U.S. Capitol in an attempted coup. At least five people have died as a result of the violence perpetrated that day.

While her father has been widely condemned for inciting the violence in the Capitol, Ivanka, 39, has also come under fire for a since-deleted tweet published during the riots, in which she called the group "American Patriots" while urging them to halt the violence.

After she deleted the tweet, she wrote: "Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms."

Her husband Jared Kushner's plans aren't known, and a spokesman for him did not respond to a request for comment.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, is expected to attend the event, which will include heightened security and feature a smaller crowd due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The news that Pence, 61, planned to attend the inauguration came after he publicly broke with the president regarding attempts to overthrow the results of the November presidential election.

Going against Trump's wishes, Pence announced that he could not change the results of the election, and would therefore affirm Biden's win during the certification of Electoral College votes.

That certification process was cut short, however, when Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, forcing lawmakers including Pence to evacuate and hide.

In his remarks delivered roughly one hour before the violence began to unfold, Trump, 74, encouraged his supporters to "fight like Hell" and march to the Capitol.

In a tweet published after he left the stage, Trump attacked Pence, tweeting that his own vice president "didn't have the courage" to overturn the election results, as he had pressured him to do.

Over the weekend, disturbing videos of the Capitol riots were shared on Twitter, some of which showed insurrectionists chanting the phrase "Hang Mike Pence" during the attack.

In one of his final tweets before Twitter suspended him indefinitely, Trump announced that he would not be attending Biden's swearing-in ceremony.

Despite the security concerns raised by the coup attempt, Biden has said he is "not afraid" to take his oath of office on the Capitol steps next week.

Last month, inaugural event planners announced that the bulk of the ceremonies would be remote, and include a virtual parade across the country to honor American heroes.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to be at the swearing-in ceremony, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her fellow former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

• Reporting by ADAM CARLSON