President-elect Joe Biden has accepted an invitation from the White House to stay at Blair House, known as the President’s Guest House, the night before his inauguration next Wednesday, January 20, 2021, according to a report.
Biden will be among previous presidents-elect who have stayed at the historic home across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue before Inauguration Day, a State Department official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
“As is customary, the White House offered the use of the Blair House for Jan 19th and it was accepted,” a spokesperson said.
The State Department oversees the use of Blair House, a complex of four buildings comprising primarily used to house guests of the state. Still, the invitation to use the home typically comes from the president.
Donald Trump has said he will not attend the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol, breaking with decades of tradition after Biden defeated him in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend.
Biden’s inauguration is expected to take place on the steps of the Capitol, though this year with a much smaller audience. Members of Congress will each get to bring one guest when typically 200,000 tickets are offered for lawmakers to raffle off to constituents.
The National Guard will ramp up its presence on Jan. 20 along with local law enforcement. President Trump also declared a state of emergency in Washington, citing the “emergency conditions” of Biden’s inauguration.
A moving truck was seen Wednesday afternoon at the White House with workers unloading cardboard boxes as the Trump family prepares to vacate Washington, DC, and return to the president’s exclusive Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.