Joe Biden Inauguration Live Updates | On Day 1 Here Is What POTUS 46 Biden Did

Hours after he was sworn in, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that the United States plans to re-enter the Paris climate accord, the landmark international agreement signed in 2015 to limit global warming.

Rejoin Paris Agreement
The United States under the Trump administration had abandoned the agreement late last year. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the US into the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, CNN reported. “We are going to combat climate change in a way we have not done so far,” Biden said.

He signed his first executive order and said, “This is going to be the first of many engagements we are going to have in here,” Biden told reporters, appearing for the first time in the Oval Office. “I thought with the state of the nation today there’s no time to waste. Get to work immediately.”

Order To Ensure Racial Justice 

Biden signed an order requiring masks on federal property, one meant to ensure racial equality and another rejoining the Paris climate accord. He said they would be the first of many during his first days in office.

“As we indicated earlier we are going to be signing a number of executive orders over the next several days to a week,” he said.

“Some of the executive actions that I am going to be signing today are going to help change the course of the Covid crisis and combat climate change in ways we haven’t done so far,” the newly-minted President added. He called the moves “starting points” that fulfilled his promises during the election campaign.

Apart from this, President Joe Biden has appointed Dan Smith to temporarily serve as acting Secretary of State until nominee Antony Blinken is confirmed by the Senate, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.

“Today, President Joe Biden announced the acting agency leadership across the administration to assist in the next phase of the administration to assist in the next phase of the transition of government,” the release said.

Rejoining WHO

In his other order, he informed United Nations Director-General Antonio Guterres about the US’ decision to re-join the World Health Organisation. Walking back on the former administration’s plan to withdraw the US from the WHO, Biden said: “This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The United States intends to remain a member of the World Health Organization.”

In the letter, the President said that the US will be part of WHO’s fight against the coronavirus.

“The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic as well as countless other threats to global health and health security. The United States will continue to be a full participant and a global leader in confronting such threats and advancing global health and health security,” he said.

Order to revoke Keystone XL permit, Canada expresses ‘disappointment’

He also signed an executive order that revokes a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline construction was initially blocked by former President Barack Obama’s administration following agitation by various environmental groups who argued that the pipeline supports the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, which pumps about 17 per cent more greenhouse gases that standard crude oil extraction.

Environmentalists have been critical of the pipeline, particularly because it is supposed to carry oil made from tar sands, whose production is carbon-intensive.

Walking back on the former administration’s plan to withdraw the US from the WHO, Biden said: “This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The United States intends to remain a member of the World Health Organization.”

Order to end Trump’s Muslim travel ban

In a blow to his predecessor Donald Trump’s actions to limit immigration, US President Joe Biden  has ended the ‘Muslim travel ban’, which blocked travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim and African countries.

He has directed the State Department to restart visa processing for individuals from the affected countries and to develop ways to address the harm caused to those who were prevented from coming to the United States because of the ban, The New York Times reported.

Apart from this, to mark the celebrations of the inauguration ceremony, many stars including Katty Perry and Tom Hanks performed in the evening ceremony.

 

Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States, while Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first woman Vice President of the United States on January 20.

“Today, we celebrate triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. People & will of the people have been heard. We have learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile & at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” US President Joe Biden said after taking the oath.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and extended his wishes to US President Joe Biden.

“My warmest congratulations to @JoeBiden on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership,” PM Modi tweeted.

Biden, who is known around the world for his stint as the vice president during Barack Obama’s administration, is the oldest person ever sworn in as president of the country. He turned 78 in November 2020.

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