A top Aide to United States President-elect, Mr Joe Biden has said the incoming President would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from President Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration.
Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone.
However, the man said it was “an honest mistake,” and that he was a private security guard who got lost on his way to work near the Capitol.
In a memo to new White House Senior Staff, Mr Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, said the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America”; noting that all of these crises demand urgent action.
He added that: “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world.”
The reports noted that US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the COVID-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control.
Mr Klain affirmed that on the inauguration day, Mr Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries.
“President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” he said.