The daughter of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Ashley commented on U.S. First Lady Melania Trump’s refusal to invite her successor in that role, Jill Biden, to a White House hospitality tour.
According to her, current U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife are not following traditional protocol. “It’s unfortunate, but I think we’re all fine,” she responded.
Earlier, it was reported that Melania Trump refused to invite Jill Biden to a White House hospitality tour. In doing so, she broke a tradition that had lasted for more than 70 years: the wife of the outgoing president hosted the wife of the new head of state in the family wing of the residence before the inauguration, showed her the living quarters and told her about life in the White House.
The tradition began in the 1950s, when Bess Truman, wife of President Harry Truman, invited the wife of President-elect Dwight Eisenhower to the White House. Michelle Obama, the wife of the 44th president of the United States, invited Melania Trump in 2016.
Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20. Vice President Mike Pence, among others, has been invited to the event. At the same time, Biden called Trump’s decision not to attend the event, which he stated earlier, a good one.