Joe Biden is pledging to enact his campaign-trail promises as early as possible through a series of day-one executive actions, it has been reported.
The new US President, who won the election on Saturday after four days of votes being counted, is expected to address the coronavirus crisis and unpick several of the Donald Trump’s foreign policies. He is already due to announce a 12-person task force to help manage the ongoing pandemic today.
He will then begin taking steps to undo Trump’s travel ban from some Muslim-majority countries, which was implemented in 2017. Biden has also pledged to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented migrant children to remain in the country.
Biden also promised to rejoin Paris Agreement on his first day in office, which Trump exited in three yeas ago. The pact calls on countries to prevent climate change by tackling greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump also withdrew from the World Health Organisation (WHO) this year, which Biden is expected to reverse during his first days in the White House.
The Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Twitter account stated over the weekend: ‘We are preparing to lead on Day One, ensuring the Biden-Harris administration is able to take on the most urgent challenges we face: protecting and preserving our nation’s health, renewing our opportunity to succeed, advancing racial equity, and fighting the climate crisis.’
It added that the transition would be ‘led by experts, by science, and with character’.
Meanwhile Trump is still yet to concede defeat in the presidential race, despite broadcasters calling the result in favour of Biden and Kamala Harris, who has now become America’s first female, first black and first Asian Vice-President.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also still waiting on a call with Biden as reports suggested the ex-senator won’t be treating a trade deal with the UK as a priority.
Johnson told reporters there was ‘far more that unites’ Britain and the US than divides, adding: ‘The United States is our closest and most important ally, and that has been the case president after president, prime minister after prime minister – it won’t change.’
However, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said the UK could ‘struggle for relevance’ under a Biden’s administration.
Speaking to BBC’s Westminster Hour, Mr Clegg predicted that Biden and the Prime Minister would be ‘able to strike up a personal relationship’ but warned Johnson about the way Brexit would be viewed.
He went on: ‘Joe Biden is immensely proud of his Irish roots – he did it publicly in his speech (after being announced president-elect), he does it privately as well, quotes Seamus Heaney at the drop of a hat.’