Biden inauguration: Democrat to be sworn in as Trump leaves workplace

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US flags can be seen near the Capitol Building in Washington, DC on January 19, 2021

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picture captionSafety is tight across the US Capitol the place the inauguration ceremony might be held

Joe Biden is to be sworn in as US president, taking the helm of a nation wracked by political division, financial anguish and an unrelenting pandemic.

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of workplace alongside him in Washington DC, which has been fortified amid fears of civil unrest.

Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony after a lethal riot on the Capitol earlier this month.

Donald Trump will go away the White Home for the final time, certain for Florida.

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He is not going to be attending the inauguration ceremony.

How will inauguration day unfold?

Mr Biden might be sworn in as forty sixth president of the USA by Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts shortly earlier than noon (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday exterior the US Capitol.

Attributable to Covid restrictions, the ceremony might be bereft of the cheering throngs of well-wishers conventional at inaugurations. It should additionally see extra-tight safety after the US Capitol was breached by violent pro-Trump protesters on 6 January.

Amongst these current might be three former presidents: Barack Obama – whom Mr Biden served for eight years as vice-president – Invoice Clinton and George W Bush.

Outgoing Vice-President Mike Pence can even attend the ceremony, skipping Mr Trump’s farewell occasion at a army base exterior the nation’s capital.

Aides say Mr Biden, a Democrat, will use his inaugural handle of about half an hour to ship an optimistic name for nationwide unity after his Republican predecessor’s turbulent tenure.

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picture captionJoe Biden, pictured along with his spouse Jill, served as vice-president underneath Barack Obama

Minutes beforehand, Vice-President-elect Harris might be sworn in, turning into the primary black and Asian-American elevated to serve in a task a heartbeat from the presidency.

There might be musical performances from Woman Gaga – who will sing the nationwide anthem – Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.

A night live performance on the Lincoln Memorial within the metropolis might be hosted by Tom Hanks and embody Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, and Demi Lovato.

Mr Biden, a Catholic, plans to attend Mass on Wednesday morning at a cathedral within the metropolis with the 4 prime congressional leaders – Republicans and Democrats.

What’s Trump doing?

Mr Trump will grow to be the primary president to not attend his successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson snubbed Ulysses S Grant in 1869.

He’ll host a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday morning earlier than catching a ultimate flight on Air Power One to start post-presidential life at his Mar-a-Lago golf membership in Palm Seashore.

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In his final hours, Mr Trump granted clemency to more than 140 people, together with his former adviser Steve Bannon, who’s dealing with fraud prices.

A pardon was introduced for rapper Lil Wayne and commutations for rapper Kodak Black and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

In a farewell video message on Tuesday, Mr Trump known as on People to wish for the incoming administration, although he didn’t point out his successor by title.

He mentioned he was happy with what he had achieved over the previous 4 years, highlighting his Center East peace offers and his document as the primary president in a long time to not begin any wars.

media caption‘Faux Information’, a lot of protests, a pandemic and a double impeachment

However the political drama surrounding him is much from over. The US Senate is predicted to place him on trial quickly, following his document second impeachment by the Home of Representatives for allegedly inciting the Capitol riot.

On Tuesday, the Senate’s Republican chief, Mitch McConnell, mentioned the mob had been provoked by Mr Trump and fed lies.

What did Biden do on the eve of inauguration?

Mr Biden had deliberate to take an Amtrak practice into Washington, as he did so usually throughout his years as a veteran senator.

However amid all of the heightened safety, he as a substitute opted to fly in a personal aircraft to Joint Base Andrews.

On Tuesday night, he and Ms Harris led a tribute on the reflecting pool in entrance of the Lincoln Memorial to the 400,000 People misplaced to Covid-19.

They had been nearly alone on the Nationwide Mall, the place some 200,000 flags have been planted to signify the crowds who might be absent at Wednesday’s inauguration.

media caption“After I die, Delaware might be written on my coronary heart”

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Biden wept as he ready to embark from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

“These are darkish occasions,” he advised dozens of supporters. “However there’s at all times gentle.”

Mr Biden stayed on Tuesday night time along with his spouse Jill in Blair Home, a residence for heads of state and different vital guests throughout the highway from the White Home.

What’s going to Biden do on his first day?

Mr Biden plans to concern a flurry of government orders.

Amongst different measures, he’s anticipated to reverse Mr Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris local weather accord, cancel his predecessor’s journey ban on guests from a number of primarily Muslim international locations, and unveil a invoice to offer an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants dwelling within the US.

His vice-president will swear in three new Democratic senators on Wednesday, leaving the higher chamber of Congress evenly break up between the 2 most important events, and permitting Ms Harris to solid the deciding vote on any deadlocked laws.

Mr Biden’s legislative ambitions may very well be tempered by the slender majorities he holds in each the Senate and Home of Representatives.

5 of his Cupboard picks – Antony Blinken (state division), Janet Yellen (Treasury), Lloyd Austin (Pentagon), Alejandro Mayorkas (Homeland Safety) and Avril Haines (Director of Nationwide Intelligence) – are present process affirmation hearings earlier than Senate committees.

What is the temper like in Washington?

Some 25,000 Nationwide Guard troops are guarding the Capitol, White Home and Nationwide Mall, that are additionally protected by a hoop of metal made up of barricades and tall fencing.

Largely emptied of strange People, central Washington DC has been carved up into “inexperienced” and “purple” zones harking back to war-torn Baghdad.

Forward of Mr Biden’s arrival within the metropolis, 12 Nationwide Guard members had been faraway from the presidential inauguration safety mission after they had been discovered to have ties with right-wing militia teams or posted extremist views on-line.

There was no risk to Mr Biden, officers mentioned.

How can I watch the inauguration?

We’ll convey you all the newest developments, with evaluation from reporting groups in Washington on the Capitol and on the Nationwide Mall.

•On-line: Comply with the newest updates and dwell video on the BBC Information web site and @BBCNorthAmerica. You can even keep updated on our BBC Information Facebook account and on Instagram

•Tv: The BBC’s Katty Kay in Washington DC presents dwell protection of the important thing occasions across the inauguration in a on BBC One from 1600-1800 GMT and on BBC Information Channel (UK solely) and BBC World (Exterior UK solely) from 1530-1900 GMT

•Radio: The BBC World Service has particular radio protection on Outside Source 1600-1800 GMT

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