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Hillary, Bill Clinton to attend Trump inauguration

Former presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter will also be present for oath-taking ceremony at Capitol

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Former president Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Former president Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Despite in the past saying her rival was unfit for the job, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton plans to attend the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump later this month in Washington.

Clinton will be accompanied by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing sources close to the couple.

Former president George W. Bush, his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, and former president Jimmy Carter have all announced they will be at the January 20 ceremony.

The presence of past presidents at the inauguration of a new president is a US tradition.

In September 2016, before the November elections and following NBC News’ Commander-in-Chief forum, during which the presidential nominees answered questions on national security issues, Clinton said of Trump that he is “temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander in chief.”

Former US President George W Bush (screen capture: YouTube)
Former US President George W Bush (screen capture: YouTube)

During his campaign Trump vowed that, if elected, he would see Clinton sent to prison over her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Sources told New York Magazine that Clinton deliberated with friends and advisers over whether or not she should attend the ceremony, and in the end decided that she would go “out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.”

US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a transition planning meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016, in Washington,DC. (JIM WATSON/AFP)
US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a transition planning meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016, in Washington,DC. (JIM WATSON/AFP)

Bush’s office said in a statement, “President and Mrs. George W. Bush will attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on January 20, 2017, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

“They 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,” the announcement added.

A spokesperson told CNN that due to health issues, former president George H.W. Bush will not be at the event.

Trump and Pence are to be sworn in at the west front of the US Capitol building in Washington. After taking the oath of office, Trump will give an inaugural speech.

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