Biden’s inauguration rehearsal postponed around security issues, Politico says

(Reuters) – A rehearsal for U.S President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed simply because of security considerations, Politico reported late on Thursday, citing two individuals with knowledge of the selection.

FILE Picture: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden removes his confront mask to deliver remarks for a televised speech on the present-day financial and wellbeing crises at The Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The rehearsal is now planned for Monday, according to the report.

Biden’s staff experienced also canceled an Amtrak trip from Wilmington to Washington planned for Monday because of to heightened security issues, the report additional. Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

The presidential inaugural committee declined to remark on the report.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray explained previously that the FBI was seeking into individuals who could perhaps threaten the basic safety of the inauguration.

A presidential inauguration historically attracts hundreds of hundreds of site visitors to Washington, but the ceremonies have been scaled again dramatically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden requested his nominee for deputy legal professional basic and former President Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, to provide as a short-term homeland security adviser main up to following week’s inauguration.

Officers have warned of plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 states and activist groups have been concerned about the likely for violence.

The warnings comply with previous week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people today useless.

Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol very last Wednesday, attempting to halt the certification by Congress of Biden’s election get.

Trump, who has challenged the validity of Biden’s victory devoid of generating evidence, in the beginning praised his supporters but later on condemned the violence.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru Editing by Tom Hogue and Michael Perry