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Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence

Added 12-01-21 06:57:01pm EST - “President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will be attending 44th Kennedy Center Honors this month, marking the return of a sitting president to the prestigious arts ceremony after former President Trump declined to attend the event…” - Thehill.com

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President BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it White House scrambles for safety on holiday parties The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's message on the 'omicron' variant MORE will be attending 44th Kennedy Center Honors this month, marking the return of a sitting president to the prestigious arts ceremony after former President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE declined to attend the event after several honorees criticized him. 

The Bidens will be attend with Kennedy Center Honors along with Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffPolice investigating antisemitic fliers left at homes in Beverly Hills Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah MORE, The Washington Post reported. It will also mark Biden's first fully in-person honors during his term as president.

Trump and former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's message on the 'omicron' variant Jill Biden unveils traditional White House holiday décor Jill Biden to reveal theme for White House's annual holiday decor Monday MORE announced in August of 2017 that they would not be attending the Kennedy Center Honors in order to avoid what they described as a “political distraction.”

“Each year, the Kennedy Center honors the careers and achievements of artists who have helped shape cultural life in the United States with a weekend that includes celebrations and events,” they said in a statement at the time. “The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”

The Trumps ultimately did not attend any of the Kennedy Center Honors while they were in the White House.

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