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Biden to Reverse Many of Trump's Actions with Executive Orders

Voice of America
21 Jan 2021, 05:35 GMT+10

Joe Biden will begin reversing many of his predecessor's actions over the past four years by signing a series of executive orders on his first day as president of the United States.

Biden's campaign said in a statement Wednesday he would sign executive orders reversing some of former President Donald Trump's policies, including those addressing the coronavirus crisis, immigration and climate change.

Almost immediately after taking the oath of office at the Capitol, aides said Biden would end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, halt construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization.

Transition team officials also said Biden would order federal agencies to review policies that reinforce systemic racism, require the federal government not to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation and revoke a Trump order to exclude non-citizens from the U.S. Census.

Biden also plans to fulfill his campaign promise to help financially distressed Americans cope with effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He will extend a federal freeze on evictions and ask federal agencies to extend a suspension on foreclosures on federally guaranteed mortgages.

The new president will also provide relief to students with large education loans by continuing a suspension on federal student loan interest and principal payments for the next eight months.

Aides said Biden would take dozens of other executive actions in the next 10 days, as he seeks to quickly redirect the country without waiting for congressional approval.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would revoke the Defense Department's ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces as well as a policy that prohibits U.S. funding for international groups that perform abortions or help women get abortion services.

Only two recent presidents signed executive orders on their first day in office, and each signed just one. But aides said as Biden faces a worsening coronavirus pandemic, he is determined to act with a sense of urgency.

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