The Latest: Biden, Harris arrive at Capitol for inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential
inauguration (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

President-elect Joe Biden has arrived at the U.S. Capitol ahead
of his inauguration as the United States’ 46th president.

Biden and his wife, Jill, arrived at the complex on Wednesday
morning, about 90 minutes before his noon swearing-in ceremony.
They were accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her
husband, Douglas Emhoff, and were greeted by U.S. Sen. Amy
Klobuchar of Minnesota.

The president-elect’s motorcade wound its way through a mostly
deserted Washington following a morning church service at the
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Streets that would typically
be lined with thousands of inaugural onlookers were ringed instead
with a massive security presence to include military vehicles and
armed troops.

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to
Washington following the violent melee at the U.S. Capitol two
weeks ago.

Biden paused to wave from the Capitol steps before entering the
building.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURATION
AS THE 46TH U.S. PRESIDENT:

Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become
the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a
deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises
arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON:

10:25 a.m.

All of the former U.S. presidents attending President-elect Joe
Biden’s inauguration have arrived at the U.S. Capitol.

George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were first to arrive at the
complex on Wednesday morning, several hours before Biden’s
swearing-in ceremony.

Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton followed
shortly thereafter, with each couple arriving in separate
motorcades.

The other living former president, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter,
previously announced he would not attend Biden’s inauguration.
Carter and his wife, 93-year-old Rosalynn Carter, have largely
spent the coronavirus pandemic at their home in Plains,
Georgia.

Carter had been the first former president to confirm that he
was attending Donald Trump’s inaugural in 2017.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed Washington earlier
Wednesday, skipping the Biden inaugural festivities and heading
straight to their home in Florida. Trump is the first president
since Andrew Johnson not to attend the inauguration of his
successor.

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10:20 a.m.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are showcasing American designers at
their inauguration.

The president-elect is wearing a navy suit and navy overcoat by
Ralph Lauren. Jill Biden is wearing an ocean-blue wool tweed coat
and dress by American designer Alexandra O’Neill of the Markarian
label.

Aides say Harris is wearing Christopher John Rogers and Sergio
Hudson. Both are Black designers, Rogers from Louisiana and Hudson
from South Carolina.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, wore a Ralph Lauren suit on
Wednesday.

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9:50 a.m.

Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will resign when
President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office.

The Justice Department says Rosen’s resignation goes into
effect at noon Wednesday.

Rosen has run the department since former Attorney General
William Barr resigned on Dec. 23. He was previously the deputy
attorney general and deputy transportation secretary.

Rosen has kept a low profile since he assumed the top job at the
Justice Department. He has not held a press conference or addressed
the press corps since he took the role, even after a deadly riot at
the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He has only released pre-recorded
videos discussing the matter and issued statements.

Longtime Justice Department official Monty Wilkinson is expected
to assume the role of acting attorney general while Judge Merrick
Garland awaits confirmation by the Senate.

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9:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump has followed at least one presidential
tradition.

The White House says the Republican president left behind a note
for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden.

Deputy press secretary Judd Deere declined to reveal what Trump
wrote to Biden or to characterize the sentiment in the note, citing
privacy for communication between presidents.

Trump has refused to publicly concede to Biden and did not
mention the Democrat by name in a pair of farewell addresses.

Trump interrupted many traditions of the presidency, including
by not attending Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Trump also
did not invite Biden to the White House for a meeting after Biden
was declared the winner of November’s presidential election

Trump left the White House for the final time as president on
Wednesday morning, saying, “It’s been a great honor, the honor
of a lifetime.”

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9:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he thinks the new administration
will have “great success” and claims to have laid the
foundation for it.

Trump says the new administration has the “foundation to do
something really spectacular.” He made brief farewell remarks at
Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews before he boarded Air Force One for
a flight to his Florida home.

Trump did not mention President-elect Joe Biden by name during
his Wednesday remarks.

Trump told cheering, chanting supporters he’ll be watching and
listening from a distance. He promised he will be back “in some
form” and wished the crowd a “good life” before he and his
wife boarded the plane.

Trump wanted to be in Florida before Biden becomes president at
noon.

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8:35 a.m.

President-elect Joe Biden is attending church ahead of his
inauguration, a traditional step taken ahead of the swearing-in
ceremony.

Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden on Wednesday are
attending a service at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the
Apostle. With them are incoming Vice President Kamala Harris and
her husband, Douglas Emhoff.

At Biden’s invitation, the first couple is joined by a
bipartisan group of members of Congress, including all four
top-ranking members of congressional leadership.

That includes both Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell
and Democrat Chuck Schumer, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Many presidents have chosen St. John’s Episcopal Church,
sometimes called “Church of the Presidents,” for the inaugural
day service. Biden is the second Catholic U.S. president, and St.
Matthew’s is the seat of the Catholic archbishop of
Washington.

Biden spent Tuesday night at Blair House, a traditional move
ahead of a president’s inauguration.

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8:15 a.m.

Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time as
president.

Trump emerged from the building Wednesday morning and strode
across the South Lawn to board Marine One. He said, “It’s been
a great honor, the honor of a lifetime.”

Trump now heads to Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland,
where he’ll have a military sendoff. A red carpet has been placed
on the tarmac for Trump to walk as he boards the plane. Four U.S.
Army cannons are set up for a 21-gun salute. Trump then flies to
Florida, where he’ll stay at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump is leaving Washington just hours before Joe Biden takes
the oath of office as the 46th president. It’s the first time in
more than a century that a sitting president has rejected the
tradition of attending his successor’s inauguration.

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7:45 a.m.

Two of the Biden administration’s top communications officials
are describing the incoming president’s inaugural address as a
forward-looking speech that will make little to no mention of his
predecessor.

Communications director Kate Bedingfield told ABC’s “Good
Morning America” on Wednesday that President-elect Joe Biden’s
address would “speak to the moment that we are in, but it will
also lay out a vision for the future.”

Biden press secretary Jen Psaki tells CNN that Biden’s
inaugural address is “definitely not a speech about Donald
Trump” and she “wouldn’t expect” to hear about him in
it.

Bedingfield says Biden had not had any contact with the outgoing
president.

Asked why Biden had invited political opponents including House
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to join him at a Mass on Wednesday
morning, Psaki said it “felt important to him personally to have
members of both parties … and use that as an example to the
American public.”

Bedingfield says Biden will sign 15 executive orders in some of
his first moves as president.

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7:35 a.m.

As the sun rose over Washington’s Freedom Plaza between the
U.S. Capitol and the White House ahead of Joe Biden’s
presidential inauguration, clusters of soldiers in full battle
fatigues clustered inside metal barriers erected to restrict access
to the procession route.

Some yellow placards on the barriers read “Biden-Harris
2021,” while others carried the seal of the presidency or
inaugural insignias. American and District of Columbia flags
flapped in high winds.

Traffic has been blocked off nearby in all directions. Revelers
have been told to stay home to prevent the spread of the
coronavirus. Most offices in the surrounding buildings are closed,
many boarded up with plywood to prevent damage in case violence
breaks out Wednesday.

But one tall office building in view of the procession route has
been fitted with towering signs reading “Welcome, Mr.
President” and “Welcome Madam Vice President,” for Joe Biden
and Kamala Harris.

After being sworn in, Biden is set to inspect the readiness of
military troops in a traditional “pass in review.”

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