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Regarding to the Trump’s letter, Joe Biden says “The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.”
President Biden was sworn into office Wednesday, and one of his first priorities will be to sign an executive order urging Americans to wear masks for 100 days and requiring them on federal property.
His first executive order, the “100-day masking challenge,” will require masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal land and by federal employees and contractors, and on airlines, trains and transit systems traveling between states.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a series of executive orders on immigration, moving to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to end the so-called “Muslim ban,” and to stop construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Biden’s executive orders are in line with campaign promises that he would overturn a number of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on day one and come as part of a slate of 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations the Democrat will issue on his first day.
While the Supreme Court stopped Trump from terminating DACA, Biden’s executive order directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to “take all appropriate actions under the law” to “preserve and fortify” the program. It also calls on Congress to enact legislation providing permanent status and a path to citizenship for people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
President Joe Biden’s accuser Tara Reade weighed in on the former vice president’s ascension to the highest office in the land Wednesday, calling Biden’s inauguration “unspeakably hard to watch.”
“Coming forward about being sexually harassed and assaulted in 1993 when I was Joe Biden’s staffer was excruciating on so many levels,” Reade told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Biden used his power and resources with certain media to erase me and silence me.”
In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid Wednesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested that now-former President Donald Trump could be held as an “accessory” to murder for “instigating” an “insurrection” at the United States Capitol.
Pelosi, who presided over a vote to impeach Trump a second time but has yet to send the article of impeachment to the Senate for a trial, told Reid that she believed Trump directly encouraged rioters to attack the United States Capitol building and that Trump bears responsibility for the five deaths that happened as a result.
Former President Donald Trump’s children Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Jr. were among those to share farewell messages.
“Without a doubt, the best is yet to come,” said Eric Trump in a statement before President Joe Biden was sworn into office at around noon on Wednesday.
“My hope for Americans is that we never tolerate the old norm” and “take what we have learned in the past four years and we continue to fight for the liberties and pride that allows us to be red, white, and blue,” he remarked.
Elaborating further, Eric Trump said that his family—because of the constant pressure campaign against Trump—”carried tremendous weight through unprecedented resistance and persecution.”
He added, “No president has sacrificed more. But he (and we) did it for the good and betterment of the nation.”
Ivanka Trump, an adviser to the president, posted a message on Twitter and Instagram, saying, “The last four years have been an incredible journey.”
“Thank you for all of the love and support you have shown me. I leave D.C. in awe of the compassion, grace and grit that exists across the nation,” she said on social media. “I hope and believe that America can move forward in a positive way, acknowledging our differences and find common ground—that is how we will remain the greatest nation.”
Donald Trump Jr. shared a brief message: “Thanks dad! America owes you a debt of gratitude.” He included an image of the former president holding an American flag that has been turned into countless memes.
Tiffany Trump, Trump’s child with his second wife, Marla Maples, who has remained mostly out of the limelight, wrote on Twitter: “It has been an honor to celebrate many milestones, historic occasions and create memories with my family here at the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé @MichaelZBoulos! Feeling blessed and excited for the next chapter!”
Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday said he’s not excited by the transfer of power to incoming President Joe Biden, but he is glad for a peaceful transformation, as that is “incredibly important.”
However, the Kentucky Republican insisted on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” that if Senate Republicans and leaders go along with Trump’s impeachment and conviction after he’s left office, it will be devastating to the party.
“I think it’s a huge mistake,” he said. “I think it is a hugely partisan exercise on the part of the Democrats. But for Republicans who go along with it, I think they will destroy our party.”
Trump, he added, “isn’t everything in the party but he brought a lot of people to the party. It is a huge mistake for people to say oh well we’re just going to impeach him and then all of the blue-collar workers he brought to our party will stay? No, quite a few of them will be unhappy.”
On Wednesday, NBC News reported on President Biden’s plans to “hit the ground running,” listing the plans Biden has announced for his first day in office.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) responded by pointing out just which people and entities he suggested were aided by Biden’s plan. Crenshaw asserted that rejoining the Paris Agreement would help China and European diplomats, canceling the Keystone pipeline would help Russian oligarchs, and halting the border wall from being constructed would help illegal immigrants.
Former President Bill Clinton appeared to be nodding off during Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden.
Brief video clips posted online show Clinton, 74, with his eyes shut when a TV camera cut to him during Biden’s inaugural address outside the US Capitol.
“Bill Clinton is absolutely asleep,” a male voice said in a cellphone recording of CBS News’ broadcast posted by Twitter user @the_lunarfather.
A similar recording, of TV coverage by the BBC, was also posted on YouTube with the title “Bill Clinton Falling Asleep At Presidential Inauguration.”
Democrats and attendees of Joe Biden’s inauguration ignored social distancing guidelines during the ceremony Wednesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrated the departure of outgoing American President Donald Trump by calling him a “stupid terrorist” and urging now-President Joe Biden to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal his former boss, President Barack Obama, negotiated.
Rouhani accused Trump of engaging in “state terrorism” for his decision to approve a drone strike against Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, a foreign terrorism unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran’s IRGC is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization and Soleimani was personally believed to be responsible for hundreds of American deaths and thousands of severe injuries. Iran is the worst’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.
Minutes After Biden Takes Oath of Office, China Announces Major Action Against 28 Trump Officials and Their Families
The Chinese government announced sanctions against more than two dozen Trump administration officials and their immediate families within minutes of President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
Among those sanctioned was former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to Reuters. Pompeo has been vocal about China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, particularly in the last few days.
Reuters reported 28 people in total were sanctioned over what China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called “crazy actions that have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs.”