Donald Trump will not attend Biden’s swearing-in and the subsequent reunion of all living presidents.
The United States must swear Democrat Joe Biden as the 46th president, who inherits a country gripped by deep political divisions and battered by a coronavirus pandemic.
The dedication ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday after 10:30 a.m. local time (3:30 p.m. GMT), will be staged amid unprecedented security following the storming of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 by supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump. .
Crowd sizes will be severely limited as the capital Washington, DC has been stranded due to security fears sparked by the deadly riot on Capitol Hill – the seat of US government.
Trump has been indicted for his role in the Capitol chaos, becoming the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
A break from tradition, Trump will not attend Biden’s swearing-in and the subsequent gathering of all living presidents.
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“After four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House,” said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who welcomed the ban on outgoing President Donald Trump on Twitter.
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“Today is an opportunity to rejuvenate our transatlantic relationship which has suffered a lot over the past 4 years,” he said.
“On the first day of his mandate, I address a solemn proposal to the new American president: Let’s build a new founding pact for a stronger Europe, for a stronger America and for a better world”, declared Michel.
Trump forgives ex-aide Bannon, dozens more: the White House
US President Donald Trump has granted his disgraced former aide Steve Bannon a pardon in a wave of pardons and commutations in his final hours in office.
The White House statement on Wednesday included a list of the names of 73 people pardoned and 70 others whose sentences have been commuted.
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Biden marks nation’s COVID heartbreak ahead of inaugural pump
Hours after the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused what could have been his triumphant entry into Washington, DC on Tuesday night to instead mark the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief. lost to the Americans.
“To heal, we must remember,” the new president told the nation during a sunset ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial.
Four hundred lights representing the victims of the pandemic were lit behind him around the monument’s reflecting pool.
“Between sunset and dusk, let’s shine the lights in the dark… and remember all of the ones we’ve lost,” Biden said.
Trump, in farewell speech, says movement is ‘just beginning’
President Donald Trump posted a farewell video, touting what he described as the success of his “America First” platform and telling his supporters that “the movement we have started is only just beginning.”
Trump, who will step down on Wednesday but will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, admitted in the nearly 20-minute video that a new administration would be sworn in this week.
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Indian village applauds Kamala Harris ahead of US inauguration
A lush little Indian village surrounded by rice paddies beams with joy, hours before her descendant, Kamala Harris, is sworn in and becomes Vice President of the United States.
Harris is poised to make history as the first woman, first woman of color and first person of South Asian descent to serve as vice president.
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