U.S. First Lady Melania Trump refused to invite U.S. President-elect Joseph Biden’s wife Jill Biden to a White House hospitality tour.
By doing so, she broke a tradition that had lasted for more than 70 years: the wife of the outgoing president received 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.
Michelle Obama, the wife of the 44th U.S. president, invited Melania Trump in 2016, but the wife of the current U.S. president did not send Jill Biden a similar invitation.
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.
Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20. Vice President Mike Pence, among others, has been invited to the event. That said, Biden called Trump’s decision not to attend the event, which he stated earlier, a good one.
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