Inauguration of Joe Biden: how was January 20, 2021 for the American president – Donald Trump leaving the White House
US President celebrates one year in office – we look back at how his inauguration day unfolded
The inauguration of the current US president took place on January 20, 2021, the day being the symbol of the change in American politics.
Former President Trump and the Republican administration are out; came President Biden, a Democratic administration, and a few other record-breaking moments for the United States.
This is how the day unfolded and the legacy President Biden created during his first 12 months in office.
What happened on Inauguration Day 2021?
Before Joe Biden’s inauguration, the day had been marred by the events of January 6.
Angry Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol building in Washington DC in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.
In what has been described as a shocking day in US history, insurgents smashed windows in the Senate building and erected gallows outside as Representatives were locked inside the building.
They believed that Joe Biden had in fact not won the 2020 election and that then-President Donald Trump had been robbed of the victory.
Following this event, there were fears about the safety of President Biden’s inauguration day.
However, the event proceeded as normal, albeit with Covid-19 precautionary measures such as social distancing, under the themes “America United” and “Our Determined Democracy: Forging a More Perfect Union”.
President Biden emphasized this in his inaugural address, saying, “I promise you: I will be president of all Americans…and I promise you I will fight just as hard for those who don’t have me.” not supported only for those who have done so. .”
He also noted the inauguration of his Vice President Kamala Harris, who made history as the first woman to assume this role.
He said: “Here we are 108 years ago, thousands of protesters tried to block brave women marching for the right to vote.
“Today we mark the swearing in of the first woman in American history elected as Vice President – Kamala Harris.
“Don’t tell me things can’t change.”
Performers on the day included pop singer Lady Gaga, country musician Garth Brooks and poet Amanda Gorman.
After the ceremony, prominent British leaders sent their best wishes to the newly elected president, including Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Sir Keir Starmer.
How did Donald Trump leave the White House?
One person who did not attend the inauguration ceremony, marking a change in tradition, was incumbent President Trump.
While the incumbent president is always expected to attend the inauguration of the new leader as a sign of respect, former President Trump has become the first president in more than a century not to attend the inauguration of his successor.
He instead left the White House with his family hours before the ceremony.
Trump said, “We’ve had four amazing years and we’ve accomplished a lot.
“We love the American people and this has been something very special.”
Flying on the Marine One helicopter from the White House lawn, former President Trump and his wife Melania flew to Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Instead of attending Biden’s ceremony, Trump spoke publicly in Florida, saying in a speech that he wished the incoming administration ‘much luck and success’ – although he didn’t not named Joe Biden or Kamala Harris by name – before promising his supporters that “we will be back in some form or another”.
Before leaving office, former President Trump pardoned 73 people, including his former adviser Steve Bannon.
What has Joe Biden done in office so far?
One of Biden’s first major changes was his resignation from the Paris Climate Accord, from which President Trump withdrew the United States during his tenure.
He restored membership on the first day of his presidency, as well as halting funding for Trump’s expansion of the Mexican border wall.
Biden also saw major Covid-19 legislation, promising the goal was to vaccinate 100,000,000 Americans in his first 100 days in office.
His first major law was the introduction of a $1.9 billion stimulus bill to temporarily help Americans facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the points of contention for President Biden so far has been his handling of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, marking the end of the war in Afghanistan.
US intelligence estimated that withdrawing troops from the country would see Kabul fall to the Taliban within months or weeks.
Instead, the Taliban quickly recaptured the city on August 15, 2021 as the withdrawal took place and the number of American troops dwindled in the city.
President Biden has been criticized for his handling of the situation, after admitting that “it happened faster than expected”.
He attended the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November 2021, where he pledged the United States to cut emissions as part of a deal with China.
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