Trump ‘Won’t Be Going’ To Pay Respects To John Lewis At Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards members of the press prior to his departure from the White House July 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is scheduled to visit the FUJIFIL... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards members of the press prior to his departure from the White House July 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is scheduled to visit the FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies' Innovation Center in Morrisville, North Carolina, a facility that supports manufacturing of "key components of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate" developed by Novavax. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 27, 2020 2:59 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would not visit the U.S. Capitol Building to pay his respects to the late civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis, who is lying in state there on Monday and Tuesday.

“No, I won’t be going, no,” Trump told reporters before taking off on a flight for North Carolina.

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence are scheduled to pay their respects to Lewis on Monday, The Hill noted, as are Joe and Jill Biden.

The day after Lewis’ passing on July 17, Trump ordered flags flown at half staff for a day and tweeted brief condolences to Lewis’ family.

But earlier in his presidency, Trump took aim at Lewis after the congressman announced that he’d be skipping Trump’s inauguration. Dozens of lawmakers followed suit. Lewis, in interviews, described Trump as “a racist” and an illegitimate president.

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