Biden will skip his inauguration as President-elect Donald Trump’s vice president because he doesn’t want to be a distraction, the White House announced Wednesday.
The decision comes after Biden and Trump had an impromptu meeting Monday, during which Trump was unable to address the issues facing American workers after the House passed a new version of the country’s healthcare law.
Biden was able to respond to Trump’s remarks on the healthcare law by saying, “I’m going to take care of our people.”
Trump then walked away from the meeting, saying, I’ve been working on the plan for weeks and I’ve got a great team.
Biden said he wants to continue working on a plan that addresses the needs of the American people.
Biden, who is up for reelection in 2018, has been in the White Street lobbying office of Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., since late December.
The office, which was closed for a week after the Senate passed its healthcare bill, will reopen Thursday after Biden visits Capitol Hill to work with Republicans on a tax bill.
The vice president has a reputation for being a tireless and aggressive advocate for working Americans, especially those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse, according to a profile in the Washington Post.
Bidens office in the Capitol has been flooded with calls from constituents and calls for him to come visit, according a spokesperson for Quigly.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.