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Biden cancels plans to Journey by Amtrak to inauguration amid security concerns

President-elect Joe Biden doesn't longer take an Amtrak train to Washington ahead of Inauguration Day a week, according to a person familiar with the programs. It's not yet clear how Mr. Biden will go to the inauguration.

As of Tuesday, the Biden group was still planning the train arrival event, CBS News has been told. Nevertheless, the sudden change in plans came since the president-elect was briefed on Wednesday from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service about security concerns surrounding Inauguration Day, after the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

A spokesperson for Biden's inaugural committee declined to comment on the change of plans.

"The staff is engaging with the current administration to gain as much info as you can on the threat picture, and about the preparations being put in place to deter and defend against violent disruptions or attacks," the Biden transition team said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The transition of power from one government to another is a touchstone of American democracy," the announcement added. "President-elect Biden's staff will be getting daily briefings on the operational and security preparations to ensure the transition works smoothly."

Biden's arrival by Amtrak train could have mirrored his decades-long sail to Washington out of Delaware as U.S. senator. Biden was quick to boast about his approximate millions of miles traveled by train through recent years.

CNN was to report about the change of travel plans.

"Ms. Monaco will assist the President-elect and work together with the incoming National Security Advisor, the incoming Homeland Security Advisor, and also current security and law enforcement officers, including the United States Secret Service in their plans for the Inauguration. Considering that the existing dangers, Ms. Monaco's temporary role will be focused solely on the period leading up to the inauguration," a transition spokesperson said.

Monaco was nominated by Mr. Biden to serve as deputy attorney general. The transition stated Monaco will"pause activities and involvement associated with her nomination to serve as Deputy Attorney General. This is an all-hands-on-deck interval, but the goal is to quickly and seamlessly turn full responsibility to the incoming Homeland Security Advisor and staff when possible."

The spokesperson also reiterated that the transition proceeds"to press for a speedy verification after Alejandro Mayorkas' January 19 affirmation hearing" to be the next secretary of homeland security.

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