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Biden on Trump not attending inauguration: ‘One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on’

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Following President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday that he will not be attending the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden as anticipated, Biden later in the day quipped that Trump not showing up is “One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.”

Leading up to Trump confirming his no-show, there was an abundance of reports and speculation that the outgoing president would break with tradition, skip his successor’s inauguration, possibly jet down to his warm-weather retreat at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and even maybe throw a political rally of some sort. Unlike Trump, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly might attend Biden’s swearing-in as a show of unity after a divisive election.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT INAUGURATION DAY HERE: Report: Pence expected to attend Biden inauguration

Biden was speaking at a Friday press conference when he brought up that he was informed of Trump’s plans for January 20, then saying him not attending is “One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on.”

“It’s a good thing—him not showing up,” the president-elect added.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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