Biden takes office, starts term with Executive orders

Joe Biden, 46th US President [Photo: WKMG]

Jan, 21st 2021 – The United States of America now boasts a new president after Joe Biden was inaugurated yesterday, alongside his vice-president Kamala Harris, who has made history by being the first woman, the first Black American, and the first Asian American, to hold the second-highest U.S. office.

Inauguration Day news updates, Jan. 20: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sworn  in as president and vice president | The Seattle Times
Vice-president Kamala Harris taking oath [Photo:The Seattle Times]

Mr. Donald Trump defied tradition by leaving Washington hours before the swearing-in of Biden, although, his vice Mike Pence attended.

In his speech, Biden said, “The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

He added, “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”

Joe Biden has begun to undo some of Donald Trump’s key policies, hours after being sworn in. He has signed 15 executive orders, firstly to boost the federal response to the coronavirus crisis. Among the orders are to end Mr. Trump’s travel ban on African and Muslim countries and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.

Delivering a message of unity, Biden promised to be a president for all Americans including those who voted against him. He said, “Unity is the path forward and we must meet this moment as the United States of America.”

He added, “We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities. Much to repair. Much to restore. Much to heal. Much to build, and much to gain.”

Mr. Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that Biden’s actions will reverse Trump’s policies that were deeply inhumane and did not reflect on the country’s values.

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