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A Host Of Trump Policies Rolled Back By US President Biden On First Day At Office


01/21/2021


A Host Of Trump Policies Rolled Back By US President Biden On First Day At Office
Soon after assuming the position of the President of the United States, 15 executive orders were assigned by Joe Biden which essentially rolled back the policies that are implemented by the former president Donald Trump while also taking the first measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
 
There was "no time to waste" in issuing the executive orders, memorandums and directives, said Biden while signing a number of the orders at  the Oval Office in front of reporters.
 
The executive orders included halting the work for construction of the US-Mexico border wall that was ordered by Trump. The list of orders also pertained to ending a ban on travelling to the US from some Muslim-majority countries and intent to rejoining of the US in the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoking permission for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, said reports.
 
The 15 executive orders signal lightening-speed reversal of rewinding the federal policies taken by Trump in the last four years.
 
Executive orders on their first day in office were issued by only two recent US presidents and each had signed just one order each.  
 
But the challenges for Biden were significant ranging from the raging pandemic to a fractured economy and a divided electorate and according to analysts, these actions signify the urgency felt by Biden and the competence that Biden has alle3ged were absent under the previous president,
 
“There’s no time to start like today," Biden said in his first comments to reporters as president.
 
In another departure to the culture of Trump at the white house who rarely wore a face covering in public and had never worn one during events in the Oval Office, Biden was seen wearing a mask while he signed the executive orders at the Oval Office.
 
Under Biden, wearing a mask is mandatory inside the building as one of the executive orders signed by Biden was making wearing a mask mandatory for people inside all federal properties.   
 
Biden declared that he would “press forward with speed and urgency” in coming weeks. “For we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities — much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” he said in the speech.
 
Biden also called for reviewing all the regulations and executive orders that were seen as being damaging for the environment or public health.  
 
In another executive order, Biden directed all federal agencies to put racial equity in priority while dealing with incidents and a call for a review of those policies that seemingly reinforced systemic racism.
 
Another of Trump’s executive order that was aimed to not include non-citizens in the census was annulled by Biden in an executive order directing federal employees to take an ethics pledge of being completely committed to prioritize the independence of the Justice Department.
 
The very recently issued executive order by Trump called “1776 Commission” that seeks to promote “patriotic education" was also revoked by Biden through one of the executive orders.
 
(Source:www.channelnewsasia.com)


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