President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in today in a scaled back ceremony at the US Capitol. Harris will make history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian US vice president.
Joe Biden and Vice Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States U.S
DC and states across the country are under strict and heightened security over fears of possible new threats today.
Meanwhile, early this morning, President Trump issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations that included Steve Bannon and Lil Wayne.
President-elect Joe Biden plans to make the coronavirus pandemic his first priority as president, and he’s taking a calculated and symbolic action straight off.
Biden’s first executive order will be a nationwide mask mandate. It’s an order meant to symbolize the new administration’s 180-degree turn to validate and support science in fighting the pandemic, and to set an example from the top down.
“This executive action will direct the agencies to take action to require compliance with CDC guidance on mask wearing and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors,” Biden’s counselor and Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters.
“And the President will call on governors, public health officials, mayors, business leaders and others to implement masking, physical distancing and other public measures to control Covid-19,” Zients added.
“This is not a political statement. This is about the health of our families, and economic recovery of our country.”
Trump was himself hospitalized for a coronavirus infection in October.
Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee shared his thoughts on the upcoming inauguration of Joe Biden, saying “it’s an important moment, but it’s hard to erase the trauma that we’ve gone through.”
Kildee told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that he still feels “anxious” — not about security after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but “about where we stand right now as a country and how we move forward”
“The idea that we’re all ready to move on is a, I think, unfortunate fantasy. There are too many Republicans who are now … still clinging to a falsehood that they know is untrue because it’s convenient for them politically. That’s dangerous” Kildee said.
“The question I have to ask myself, as dangerous as that attack was, what represents a greater threat to our democracy: That attack which we can put down with an army? Or a majority of one party willing to subvert the will of the American people because it’s convenient to them politically? That may constitute a greater danger,” he added.
Kildee also said he is looking forward to “get to work as a group of adults, not having to work around the president but to work with a president, to crush this virus and end it and then to take on the other big challenges that we face.”