One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says she has secured tickets to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony, however will be unable to attend.
— Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) January 15, 2017
Because of work commitments I'll not be attending Donald Trump's inauguration. My duties to the people of Queensland & Australia come first.
— Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) January 16, 2017
The One Nation founder has politely declined the opportunity to attend the ceremony, because of her busy work schedule in Queensland and Australia.
Meanwhile, the prime minister on Monday confirmed that, unlike Hanson, he hasn’t received an invitation to the presidential swearing-in.
“I am very busy here as you can see as prime minister of this country looking after the interests of hard working Australian families,” he told reporters in Toowoomba.
Ms Hanson has been a vocal supporter of President-elect Mr Trump in the past.
The pair share many political similarities, with Ms Hanson being more extreme on some policy areas.
Both are considered outsiders in the political establishment, both have controversial views on Muslims, both want local jobs protected and both want welfare spending reduced.
“People around the world are saying ‘we’ve had enough with the major political parties, with the establishment, with the elites, with the chardonnay set’,” Ms Hanson told Sky News after Mr Trump’s November 2016 US election win.
— Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) November 9, 2016
Mr Trump’s inauguration is expected to have a much different atmosphere to outgoing President Barack Obama’s in 2009.
Many pundits have described the atmosphere at the event to be triumphant and reflective of a united country.
However many are dissatisfied with Mr Trump and will lead boycotts and protests at the event.
Many musical acts have refused to performed at Mr Trump’s inauguration.
– with AAP