Joe Biden to be sworn in as Trump leaves office

Democrat to be sworn in as Trump leaves office
Joe Biden, pictured with his wife Jill, served as vice-president under Barack Obama. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Joe Biden is to be sworn in as 46th US president, taking the helm of a nation wracked by economic anguish, political division and an unrelenting pandemic.

Alongside him, Kamala Harris will make history when she is sworn in as the country’s first female vice-president.

Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony in the nation’s capital Washington DC, which has been fortified after a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month.

Outgoing president Donald Trump will leave the White House for the last time, bound for Florida.

Mr Trump will not be attending the inauguration ceremony.

Ahead of his inauguration Joe Biden on Wednesday set out 15 executive actions he would take immediately, covering equality, immigration, climate and coronavirus.

Joe Biden will be sworn in as 46th president of the United States by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts shortly before midday (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday outside the US Capitol.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the inauguration ceremony will be bereft of the cheering throngs of well-wishers traditional at inaugurations. It will also see extra-tight security after the US Capitol was breached by violent pro-Trump protesters on 6 January.

Among those present will be three former presidents: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

Mike Pence, the Outgoing Vice-President, will also attend the ceremony, skipping Donald Trump’s farewell event at a military base outside the nation’s capital.

Aides say Mr Biden will use his inaugural address of about half an hour to deliver an optimistic call for national unity after Trump’s turbulent tenure.

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