Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are set to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, aides to the couple confirmed to several news outlets on Tuesday.
Sources told New York magazine that after consulting with trusted advisers and friends, Mrs. Clinton came up with the decision to attend Mr. Trump's inauguration as a show of respect for the democratic process in the country.
During the campaign period, Mr. Trump pledged that he would pursue an investigation into Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server as state secretary and the financial operations of the Clinton Foundation. In a late November interview with The New York Times, however, Mr. Trump backpedaled, saying, "I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't."
Apart from the Clintons, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will also grace the inauguration. A statement from the Bush camp released on Tuesday read, "President and Mrs. George W. Bush will attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on January 20, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power - a hallmark of American democracy - and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President Pence."
Mr. Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush, now 92 years old, has said he will have to miss Mr. Trump's inauguration for health reasons.
During the campaign period, the younger Bush neither endorsed Mr. Trump as the Republican's presidential bet nor criticized him openly. He also did not support Mr. Trump on Election Day, but his vote did not go to Mrs. Clinton either. Meanwhile, his father voted for the Democratic presidential candidate, sources told CNN.
Apart from Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush, Jimmy Carter is the only other former U.S. president who has announced that he would attend the event.