Biden ‘felt Like He Was Coming Home’
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden had an “incredible sense of calm” as he entered the Oval Office for the first time as commander-in-chief on Wednesday afternoon.
“He felt like he was coming home,” Psaki said of Biden, who spent eight years at the White House under Barack Obama’s administration. “That was an emotion that overtook him today.”
Psaki said that Biden also expressed a “sense of joy” as he spent the day with his family and grandchildren as he settled into his White House residence.
The president is also “eager to get to work,” she added, noting that he was already quizzing aides about policy, COVID-19 plans and “what’s next.”
Biden signed 15 executive orders and two directives in the hours after he was sworn in, unwinding his predecessor’s policies on immigration and environmental regulations as well as a mask mandate on federal properties.
Psaki said the administration consulted the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel on all executive actions in advance of Biden’s signing of them following his inauguration.
President Trump Will Make Primetime Address To The Nation On Border Security
President Trump announced that he will address the nation on Tuesday evening, 9 pm Eastern, and deliver a speech on what he calls a national security crisis on our Southern Border.
The President is also scheduled to visit the border on Thursday. The terminology and visit may be a sign that Trump plans to follow through on the suggestion that he could fund the border wall by declaring a national emergency.
I may declare a national emergency dependent on whats going to happen over the next few days, he told reporters prior to heading to Camp David for meetings with senior White House staff.
Specifically declaring it a national security crisis, Trump made the announcement of his speech on social media.
I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
Donald J. Trump
Trump Departs As Biden Starts His Day
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have left Joint Base Andrews at 9 a.m. on Air Force One, headed for Florida and their home at Mar-a-Lago following a speech to supporters.
President-elect Joe Biden, meanwhile, is attending mass at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington before traveling to the U.S. Capitol for the start of his inauguration ceremony at noon ET.
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Biden: ‘i Will Give My All To You’
In a coda to his inauguration speech, President Joe Biden made one more plea for the nation to come together during an appearance Wednesday night at the Lincoln Memorial.
This is a great nation. We’re good people, Biden said during the Celebrating America program that was the final event of a day of inaugural activities. To overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: Unity.
Biden said the question is whether the nation can meet the moment like our forebears had.
I believe we must, and I believe we will, Biden said, before delivering a final promise: I will give my all to you.
Iowa National Democrats Criticize State Republicans For Supporting Trump After Jan 6 Riot
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn criticized Iowa Republicans for supporting Trump after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January.
“Iowa Republicans have tied themselves to a man who attacked the foundations of our democracy throughout his time in office,” Wilburn said in a statement. “Just nine months ago, he incited a violent mob to attack his own Vice President and threaten the lives of lawmakers who were simply fulfilling their constitutional duty to certify our election.”
A slew of Iowa’s top Republican leaders warmed up the crowd ahead of Trump, including Reynolds, Grassley and U.S. Reps. Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Reynolds led the crowd in a chant of “U.S.A.” and criticized Biden on his immigration policies, mentioning that she visited the U.S.-Mexico border this week.
“I was just there this week,” she said. “You know whos never been there? Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. They dont care. They dont care whats happening at the border.”
Vice President Kamala Harris visited the U.S.-Mexico border in June.
Reynolds also mentioned Biden’s COVID-19 response, eliciting boos from the crowd.
“They dont respect you,” she said of Democrats. “They dont respect your faith, your values. They dont think youre capable of making your own decisions and they dont think you should. And this is what America looks like under democratic leadership but Im here to tell you were fighting back.”
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Trump Rightly Claims Schumer Has Supported A Physical Barrier In The Past
From CNN’s Jeremy Diamond
President Trump claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past.”
Trump is right: But the context is key.
Schumer has previously supported legislation to build physical barriers on the US-Mexico border. Most notably, Schumer and other Democrats supported the 2006 Secure Fence Act that authorized the construction of several hundred miles of fencing along the border — but not a wall.
However, as long as the government remains shutdown, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have refused to offer any funding for a border barrier.
What Is Trump Expected To Say
The former president hasnt released any excerpts of his speech, but hes expected to touch on the Biden administrations handling of the border crisis, his lawsuit against the tech companies that he filed last week, the candidates hes touting for the 2022 midterm election and the fallout from the 2020 presidential election.
His son, Donald Trump Jr., who spoke at the conference on Friday, told Fox News, with my father, you never know, right?
I can assure you its going to be interesting. I can assure you people will be outraged, Donald Jr. said.
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Dignitaries Arrive At Capitol
Several former presidents are among the dignitaries arriving at the Capitol for Joe Bidens inauguration.
Congressional leaders, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and others have taken their place on the platform ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and their spouses were all introduced before taking their seats on the big stage.
Each arrival is announced over a loudspeaker and, in some cases, accompanied by a drumroll.
At Once Diminished And Dominating Trump Begins His Next Act
The former president spoke on Saturday to the North Carolina Republican convention as he resumes political speeches and rallies.
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GREENVILLE, N.C. Donald J. Trump, the former president of the United States, commutes to New York City from his New Jersey golf club to work out of his office in Trump Tower at least once a week, slipping in and out of Manhattan without attracting much attention.
The place isnt as he left it. Many of his longtime employees are gone. So are most of the family members who once worked there with him and some of the fixtures of the place, like his former lawyer Michael D. Cohen, who have since turned on him. Mr. Trump works there, mostly alone, with two assistants and a few body men.
His political operation has also dwindled to a ragtag team of former advisers who are still on his payroll, reminiscent of the bare-bones cast of characters that helped lift a political neophyte to his unlikely victory in 2016. Most of them go days or weeks without interacting with Mr. Trump in person.
But when he spoke on Saturday night to the North Carolina Republican convention in what was billed as the resumption of his rallies and speeches, Mr. Trump was both a diminished figure and an oversized presence in American life, with a remarkable and many say dangerous hold on his party.
Jason Miller, an adviser to the former president, agreed on Mr. Trumps control over the party.
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Biden Arrives At The White House For The First Time As President
President Joe Biden was escorted to the White House for the first time Wednesday afternoon, arriving without the thousands of spectators that historically line the streets for a traditional Inauguration Day parade.
Biden held the hand of his wife Jill Biden as he walked one block from 15th Street to the White House. The couple waved at the small crowd that was in attendance. Biden ran over to greet television personality Al Roker at one point.
It feels great. It feels good, Biden said.
Another reporter asked whether he has a message for former President Donald Trump. Biden did not respond.
When they got to the White House door, the Bidens embraced each other as a military band played “Hail to the Chief.” They then entered with their family and others.
Because of health precautions during the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual Parade Across America replaced the traditional inauguration parade. The virtual event kicked off as Biden arrived at the White House.
Trailing the Bidens in the escort was music from the marching band of the University of Delaware, Bidens alma mater, and Howard University, where Vice President Harris graduated.
Trump Finally Concedes Biden Will Become President
- President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will take charge on Jan. 20.
- “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” Trump said in his first address to the nation since the Capitol riot by a Trumpist mob.
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will take charge in less than two weeks.
Without mentioning Biden by name, Trump said in a nearly three-minute video that “a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th.”
Trump, who had repeatedly vowed never to concede to Biden, backed dozens of failed lawsuits and flooded his Twitter account with baseless claims of voter fraud.
His refusal to accept the election results culminated in a deadly riot on Wednesday, when swarms of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and derailed congressional proceedings to tally electors’ votes and confirm Biden’s win in the Nov. 3 election.
“Now tempers must be cooled, and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America,” Trump said in his first address to the nation following the riot that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer.
“My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” the president added.
The president, , briefly spoke about the pandemonium at the U.S. Capitol.
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Joe Biden: New Answer To A Super Bowl Trivia Question
Joe Bidens ascension to the presidency expands the answer to a great football trivia question: How many colleges have produced both U.S. presidents and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks?
The answer is now five, thanks to Bidens alma mater, the University of Delaware the Blue Hens also produced quarterback Joe Flacco, who led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win over San Francisco in 2013.
Other schools that have produced presidents and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks:
- University of Michigan :
- The United States Naval Academy
- Miami of Ohio .
Trump Hands Out Another Late Pardon: Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Ex
Less than an hour before the end of his presidency, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced one more last-minute pardon: The ex-husband of For News host Judge Jeanine Pirro.
Albert Pirro, Jr., a former real estate associate of Trump’s, was convicted on conspiracy and tax evasion charges.
The grant can be added to the list of nearly 150 pardons and commutations that the White House released in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
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