Mumbai: US President-Elect Joe Biden plans to close his new administration on Wednesday, with the US ordering the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization to be reinstated.
After being sworn in as US leader Biden will sign 17 orders and actions to break from policies of departing President Donald Trump and set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting Covid-19 and the economy, they said.
In the first day’s moves, he would end Trump’s ban on visitors from several majority Muslim countries and halt construction of the wall that Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
He would also set a facade mandate on federal properties for the spread of COVID-19; restore protections of nature reserves removed by Trump, and seek freezes on evictions and protection for millions behind on their mortgages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He also planned to send a bill to Congress to revive immigration policies and give millions of undivided migrants living in the country a path to citizenship, which the Trump administration rejected.
Biden “will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” the aides said in a statement.
These actions will be followed by dozens more in the next 10 days, aides said, as Biden looks to redirect the country without having to go through a Senate that Democrats control by the narrowest margin.
Notably, the initial actions did not include immediate steps to re-incorporate the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned and Biden has promised to re-implement.
Covid-19 restrictions, along with tight security surrounding the Inauguration were severely curtailing the number of aides in Biden’s West Wing. Aides, one official said, were told to pack snacks to eat in their offices because of pandemic protocols.