One Nation going to Trump inauguration, Turnbull snubbed

A ONE Nation Senator will be going to Donald Trump's inauguration after the party's leader Pauline Hanson got tickets, and Malcolm Turnbull was not invited.

One Nation senator Brian Burston will attend Donald Trump's inauguration instead of Senator Hanson. Hanson tweeted he would do a great job of representing the party.

It comes as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won't be among the hundreds of thousands expected at the inauguration in Washington DC.

The prime minister confirmed that, unlike One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, he hasn't received an invitation to the presidential swearing-in. "I am very busy here as you can see as prime minister of this country looking after the interests of hard working Australian families," he told reporters in Toowoomba.

Senator Hanson won't be attending the inauguration either despite being "gifted tickets".

After she drank champagne on the steps of Parliament House the day Trump was elected, she won't be able to make it due to work commitments either.

Senator Hanson posted on social media this morning that it was an honour to be invited.

"Would you believe it? I have been gifted tickets to the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of @realDonaldTrump - what an honour," she said on Twitter.

The senator quickly followed with a tweet saying she was still deciding whether she could attend because of her duties to the people of Queensland and Australia.

Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey will officially represent Australia at the 45th President of the US's inauguration on January 20.

She later confirmed she would not be able to attend due to work commitments.

"My duties to the people of Queensland & Australia come first," Senator Hanson tweeted.

The Senator's invitation is a break from tradition as previously foreign delegations, barring the official representatives, have not been invited.

"The US State Department has advised that as in the past, foreign delegations will not be invited to Washington for the President-elect Trump's 2017 inauguration and that heads of state and governments will be represented by chiefs of diplomatic missions in Washington," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told News Corp last week.

"Ambassador Joe Hockey will attend this event."

Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in at an official ceremony in front of the US Capitol building on Friday.

A Mormon choir and former America's Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho will perform at the event.

Hillary Clinton will attend the event with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will attend, along with former President Jimmy Carter.

George Bush Senior won't attend due to his health.

An inauguration parade will follow the swearing in.

The President and new first lady Melania Trump will then attend the main inaugural balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the National Building Museum.

 

News Corp Australia


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