Washington, January 20, 2021: Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, Black woman and Asian woman sworn in as vice president.
Joseph Biden, 78, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at a solemn ceremony at the US Capitol.
In his inaugural address, Biden called for unity. "Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path," the new president said. "We must end this uncivil war."
Soon after arriving at the White House, Biden signed 17 executive actions on issues ranging from the coronavirus to climate change — rolling back measures enacted by President Trump.
Trump did not attend the inauguration, becoming the first president since 1869 to skip the swearing-in of his successor.
Kamala Harris becomes first woman Vice President Of US
Kamala Harris is also the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent became US vice president.
Kamala Devi Harris, a former California senator, has become the first woman vice president of the United States. The 56-year-old leader took oath of office on Wednesday at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration outside the US Capitol.
Ms Harris was sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
She is also the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to become US vice president.
Kamala Harris’ election to the second highest executive office in the US administration is being seen as a milestone in the struggle for gender and racial equality.
Ms Harris was born to two immigrant parents: a Black father and an Indian mother. Her father, Donald Harris, was from Jamaica, and her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, immigrated to the US from Chennai in 1958. She, however, defines herself simply as an "American".
President Biden signing over a dozen executive orders
In one of his first official acts in the Oval Office, President Biden is signing a number of executive orders, rolling back some Trump policies and instituting some of his own. Among the orders:
* Terminating Trump’s ban on visitors from majority Muslim countries.
* Rejoining the Paris climate accord.
* Extending a federal eviction moratorium through the end of March.
* Revoking the Trump administration’s order to not count noncitizens in the census tally.
* Continuing the freeze on federal student loan payments through the end of September.
* Fortifying protections for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children.
* Reengaging with the World Health Organization.
* A nationwide mask wearing and social distancing mandate on federal lands, in federal buildings, and for federal employees and contractors.
* Stopping construction of the border wall.
* Revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.