Joe Biden has become America’s 46th president, ending one of the most dramatic political transitions in the US history.
After taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, Joe Biden said: “Democracy has prevailed.”
President Biden has announced a raft of measures reversing Trump policies.
In his inaugural address, Joe Biden said it was a day of “history and hope”.
“My whole soul is in putting America back together again,” he added.
Highlighting a message of unity after the turbulent Trump years, Joe Biden promised to be a president “for all Americans” – including those who voted against him.
He has set out a flurry of executive orders. In a statement on January 2, Joe Biden said he would sign 15 orders after he is sworn in. Among them are:
- Reverse Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate change agreement;
- Revoke the presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is opposed by environmentalists and Native American groups;
- Revoke Trump policies on immigration enforcement and the emergency declaration that helped fund the construction of a Mexican border wall;
- Bring about a mask and distancing mandate for federal employees and in federal buildings, and a new White House office on coronavirus;
- End a travel ban on visitors from some, mainly Muslim, nations.
Other orders will cover race and gender equality, along with climate issues.
Joe Biden’s legislative ambitions could be tempered by the slender majorities he holds in both the Senate and House of Representatives.