White House: President Obama Won’t Attend Scalia’s Funeral
by MELANIE HUNTER ARTER
February 17, 2016
White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will not attend the funeral for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over the weekend.
Instead, the vice president and his wife will attend the funeral at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
"The president and the first lady on Friday will travel to the Supreme Court to pay their respects to Justice Scalia as he lies in repose there at the Supreme Court. I can tell you that Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend Justice Scalia's funeral at the Basilica on Saturday," Earnest said when asked whether the president would attend the funeral.
Earnest gave no explanation as to why the president and first lady would not attend Scalia's funeral, saying only that the Obamas would pay their respects when Scalia's body lies in repose at the high court.
"Does the president plan to travel to the court on Friday when Justice Scalia will lie in repose or to attend the funeral on Saturday?" a reporter asked Earnest.
"The president and the first lady on Friday will travel to the Supreme Court to pay their respects to Justice Scalia as he lies in repose there at the Supreme Court. I can tell you that Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will attend Justice Scalia's funeral at the Basilica on Saturday," Earnest replied.
"So the president will not be at the funeral on Saturday?" the reporter asked again.
"The president will pay his respects at the Supreme Court on Friday, and he'll be joined with the first lady when he does that," Earnest responded.
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