Washington (CNN) The president-elect has not been to the inauguration since Jan. 20, when President Barack Obama took the oath of office.
His transition team announced he would not attend, but the timing was unusual because he had been working to build his political brand in the weeks after the election.
“It is not the sort of thing that we normally do,” Trump said at the time.
His decision to not attend the inauguration was widely interpreted as an effort to distance himself from his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted a link to a video on the White House website, in which he said the Obamas did not attend his inauguration, but that he would make an announcement about his own future on Jan. 26.
The video included audio of Trump, who had previously been silent about the inauguration, praising Obama for having been a “strong president” who “stood up for America” during his four years in office.
“I was honored to be asked to be the next President of the United States, and I will always be grateful,” Trump wrote.
“The new President of The United States has made a very special decision.
We are grateful.
We stand united.”
He has always had a strong commitment to the United Nations, and we both supported him on the Iran deal,” Trump added. “
President Obama and I did not choose to skip the inauguration.
He has always had a strong commitment to the United Nations, and we both supported him on the Iran deal,” Trump added.
“He has always been a leader, not just in terms of how he conducts himself but also in terms how he moves forward.
He will never stop fighting for our country and our values.”
He has also had a private meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.