WASHINGTON (AP) – Elected President Joe Biden will no longer ride the Amtrak train to Washington to take office due to safety issues, a person briefing on the decision told The Associated Press. On wednesday
The elected president’s decision echoed growing concerns about potential threats in government agencies and across the United States in the lead up to Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
Security in Washington has significantly increased its preparations for inauguration following violent riots. At the U.S. Capitol last week, supporters of President Donald Trump resigned and the FBI warned over the weekend. Plans for armed protests in all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C. in the days leading up to the event.
The person who briefed Biden̵7;s decision spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. The news was first reported by CNN.
The move to forgo a 90-minute train ride from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware to Washington, didn’t seem to be easy for the president-elect Biden’s preference for a train ride in the Senate’s 36-year-old was. A significant portion of his public figure, he rode the Amtrak home on his final day in the vice presidency, and he took a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania during his presidential campaign as It’s part of an effort to attract blue collar workers.
Biden became famous for his train rides from his early days in the Senate when he decided to go home almost every night to help raise his young son after his wife and young daughter died in a car accident in Amtrak in 1972. And the friends he made among train controllers and regular employees – were featured in a short film aired during the Democratic National Convention in August.
Riding the train was not the only safety-related development surrounding the launch.
On Wednesday, Biden received a briefing from FBI agents, the Secret Service and his national security team on potential violence in the coming days.
“In the weeks since the attacks of Congress by domestic terrorists and violent extremists, countries continue to learn more about the threat to our democracy and about possible violence in the coming days. Ahead, both in the national capital Regions and cities across the country, ”said the Biden transition team,“ This is an incredible challenge that the President-elect and his team value. ”
Across Washington, but especially around City Hall, the National Mall, and some nearby federal buildings, security has greatly increased, with irreversible metal walls and gates being built, closed streets and New National Guard Corps camped at the town hall