There is a thaw in America’s frozen transition process that should have begun three weeks ago after the U.S. presidential elections were concluded.
The losing candidate, incumbent president Donald Trump, has now agreed that president-elect Joe Biden’s transition can now begin.
To that effect, administrator of the U.S. general services administration, Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, has now formally designated Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the presidential election.
With that, federal funds, more than six million dollars, will now be released to the Biden campaign to begin an official transition.
Murphy explained her delay in approving the transition process by saying she wanted the constitutional process of vote counting and picking a president to work its course.
President Trump, who has being rejecting the election results for more than two weeks now, and had been claiming the election was rigged and fraught with voter fraud, tweeted on Monday night, he accepted Murphy’s decision, but vowed to continue his legal challenges to the election results.
Biden, Harris’ First Actions After Inauguration
Joseph Biden, junior, now the forty-sixth president of the United States after being sworn-in on Wednesday, has promised to move the country forward in the path of unity.
In his inaugural address, number 46 said “democracy has prevailed.” As he addressed the sober, no surprises inaugural event, Biden called on Americans to put aside the bitter divisions that have deepened over the past four years.
On his first day as president, Biden signed seventeen executive orders dismantling trump-era policies. The action sweeps aside Trump’s pandemic response, reversed his environmental agenda, and tore down his anti-immigration policies.
Biden placed his hand on a five-inch thick Bible that has been in his family for one hundred twenty-eight years as he took the 35-word oath of office that was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Vice-president Kamala Harris also jumped into action within an hour of being sworn-in. She returned to Capitol Hill to administer the oath of office to newly elected democratic senators including the two from Georgian.
Harris has made history as the first woman, the first African American, and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected vice-president. She is now the highest-ranking woman in U.S. history.
UN Chief Welcomes US Re-Entry Into Paris Agreement
In that rash of executive orders, the United States has rejoined the Paris Climate Accord. And the United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres wasted no time welcoming the U.S. back into the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Former president Donald Trump had withdrawn the country from the global pact last November.
Guterres warned in his statement there is still a very long way to go as the climate crisis continues to worsen with time running out to limit temperature rises to no more than one and a half degrees celsius, and to build more climate-resilient societies.
Executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP, also expressed on twitter, a warm welcome back for the U.S. re-entry into the agreement.
Just about every country in the world had agreed to the Paris Climate Accord in 2015 after lengthy negotiations. The agreement aims to tackle climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and sets a worldwide target of limiting the rise in average global temperatures no higher than two degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Joe Biden Sworn In As President Of US, Says “This is America’s Day”
Joe Biden, a former vice president of the United States has on Wednesday been sworn-in as the 46th president of the country after defeating incumbent president Donald Trump in the November 2020 general elections.
At the inauguration ceremony, Kamala Harris, a former senator and attorney general of California, to become the first woman and first person of colour to serve as vice president of the United States.
Harris was sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Joe Biden in his inaugural speech said calls for the unity of all Americans, as he said “I will be a president for all Americans” as he also pledged to support and fight for all those that supported him and all those who did not.
Biden said “democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, democracy has prevailed.”
The president on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president added, “the will of the people has been heard and the will has been heeded.”
His style is a polar opposite of the outgoing president Donald Trump who had chosen to ignore his successor’s inauguration.
The first order of business for Biden on Tuesday night was a memorial service held at the Lincoln Memorial for the more than four hundred thousand Americans who have died of coronavirus.
It was a somber occasion attended by just a few persons, including, incoming first lady, Jill Biden, vice-president-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, the catholic archbishop of Washington, a Michigan nurse who sang amazing grace, a song she sings for her COVID-19 patients to soothe their pain.
In his address, Biden said Americans must remember before they can heal.
Former president Donald Trump left the White House in the early hours as he boarded the presidential helicopter Marine One at 8:20am (13:20 GMT) on Wednesday.
He briefly spoke to reporters calling his term the ‘honour of a lifetime’ and an ‘amazing four years’ before boarding the helicopter enroute to a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, before flying to Florida.
The departure comes less than four hours before Joe Biden will become the country’s 46th president.
Capping off a presidency that prided itself on bucking modern political norms, Trump ended his four-year stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with one final breach of decorum as he became the first president in more than 150 years to skip his successor’s inauguration.