Biden sworn in as US president, takes helm of deeply divided nation

Biden sworn in as US president, takes helm of deeply divided nation

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Washington: Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on Wednesday. He assumes that the leader of a country is deep in political divisions, the economy is sluggish, and the coronavirus pandemic has killed him. 400,000 Americans.

With his hand on an heirloom Bible that has been in his family for more than a century, Biden took the presidential oath of office administered by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts just after noon (1700 GMT), vowing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Biden, 78, became the oldest U.S. president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that was largely stripped of its usual pomp and circumstance, due both to the coronavirus and security concerns following the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

The norm-defying Trump flouted one last convention on his way out of the White House when he refused to meet with Biden or attend his successor s inauguration, breaking with a political tradition seen as affirming the peaceful transfer of power.

Trump, who never conceded the Nov. 3 election, did not mention Biden by name in his final remarks as president on Wednesday morning, when he touted his administration s record and promised to be back “in some form.” He boarded Air Force One for the last time and headed to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida.

The top leaders of the Republican Party, including Vice President Mike Pence and the party’s congressional leader, as well as former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton (Bill Clinton) attended Biden’s inauguration.

Biden’s running partner Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris) is the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India. After she was sworn in by the Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, she became the first deputy The president’s black, the first woman and the first Asian American. The first Latino member.

Harris used two bibles, including one owned by Thurgood Marshall, the first black American Supreme Court judge.

Biden took office at a time of severe ethnic unease, and the country faces four compound crises described by consultants: pandemic, economic downtown, climate change and racial inequality. He promised to take immediate action, including issuing a series of executive orders on the first day in office.

Wednesday’s awards ceremony took place in front of a sturdy U.S. Capitol. Two weeks ago, a group of Trump supporters stormed the building. His false claims angered his election, which was cheated by millions. Sexual vote stealing.

The violence prompted the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Trump last week for an unprecedented second time.

Thousands of National Guard troops were called into the city after the siege, which left five people dead and briefly forced lawmakers into hiding. Instead of a throng of supporters, the National Mall on Wednesday was covered by nearly 200,000 flags and 56 pillars of light meant to represent people from U.S. states and territories.

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