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Biden says he is 'not afraid' of taking oath of office at US Capitol after deadly riot

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President-elect Joe Biden said Monday he was "not afraid" of taking his oath of office on the West Front of the US Capitol, after supporters of President Donald Trump breached the building in a deadly riot.

Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden said Monday he was "not afraid" of taking his oath of office on the West Front of the US Capitol, after supporters of President Donald Trump breached the building in a deadly riot.

"I'm not afraid of taking the oath outside, and we've been getting briefed," Biden told reporters on Monday after receiving the second dose of his Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on camera.

The riot last week at the US Capitol left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, and has raised concerns there could be more violence and rioting over the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado said in a statement Sunday that the Department of Defense is aware of "further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists in the days up to and including Inauguration Day. "

President Donald Trump, who incited the riot at the Capitol, has said he will not attend Biden's inauguration.

Vice President Mike Pence, however, will attend the inauguration, according to a source familiar with the plans.

In the hours leading up to the violence on Wednesday at the Capitol, Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that was taking place in the building at the time, repeating lies about the election being stolen from him and promising to join them.

"That's my hope and expectation," Biden said.

Biden's inaugural committee on Monday announced that the theme of the inauguration would be "America United," in the spirit of a core pillar of the President-elect's campaign.

"This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people -- one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an America united," said Tony Allen, the committee's chief executive officer.

The committee said one of Biden's first acts as President, along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their spouses, will be to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

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