As president-elect becomes president, Joe Biden has since been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, taking office during a time of economic, health and political crisis.
“This is America’s Day” he said, after swearing in with his hand placed upon a 128-year-old family Bible, soon after Kamala Harris was sworn in as his deputy. In his inaugural speech, he made pleas for the country to come together whether it be “red or blue”.
“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” he said. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”
Other than that, he also promised to hit the ground running with the first of many @POTUS tweets to come.
Undoing Trump’s legacy
Upon stepping in the Oval Office, President Biden unleashed a full-scale undoing on Trump’s pandemic response, the reversing of his environment agenda, anti-immigration policies, rebuild the economy, and to boost federal efforts at promoting diversity.
He had since re-joined the Paris Climate Accord, signed 17 executive orders, memorandums, proclamations on the pandemic, immigration, climate change, racial and LGBT equality, economy, and government accountability. He also ended the travel ban on Muslim countries on Wednesday afternoon. Many saw this as reversing the damages done to the country by Trump.
Reversing Trump’s agenda
Although he had urge American leaders and citiznes to “join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature.”, this was not to be seen with Trump as many were to erase the former president’s footprints from the White House.
Within four categories, the crisis that Biden had inherited from Trump includes the pandemic, economic struggles, immigration and diversity issues, and the environment and climate change.
In some cases, Biden single-handedly reversed policies and procedures that the Trump administration had put in place, or as Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, put it, “immediately reverse the elements of the Trump policies that were deeply inhumane and did not reflect our country’s values.’’