It’s inauguration day for the Biden-Harris administration, which will permanently close the four years of Donald Trump in the White House. The tycoon, who left for Florida with Melania after a brief farewell speech, had already declared in recent weeks that he would not participate in the ceremony, which takes place in an Washington armored for fear of unrest after the assault on the Congress on January 6 and where around 4 p.m. (Italian time) a bomb scare caused the evacuation of the Supreme Court. The staff of Biden, 46th president and the second Catholic president of the United States after John Fitzgerald Kennedy, has already announced that his inaugural address will focus on current events and “a vision of the future,” while Donald Trump will be cut from his first message as president.
According to staff reports, Biden had no contact with the outgoing president, who before boarding the helicopter assured: “We’ll be back, somehow”, already evoking his return to the political scene. A speech not attended by Pence who, instead, will be at the inauguration ceremony. And a few minutes after Trump left, Biden tweeted, “It’s a new day in America.” The swearing in is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (Italian time) but the ceremony will continue for hours, with the broadcast Celebrating America and, above all, the highly anticipated performance of Lady Gaga, who will sing the American national anthem The Star Spangled Banner.
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17.06 – Pence greeted by applause
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen arrived on the dais where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in, greeted by applause from those in attendance.
17 – Trump has arrived in Florida
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived in Florida after leaving the White House for the last time as president. Trump left Washington before the start of the inauguration ceremony for his successor, Joe Biden.
4:45 p.m. – Assault on Congress, agent who protected senators escorts Harris
Eugene Goodman, the African-American Capitol Police hero officer rescued senators during the January 6 assault on Congress by Donald Trump supporters, escorted Kamala Harris inside Congress.
4:43 PM – Obama’s tweet for Biden: “It’s your time”
– Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021
16.43 – Republicans at the swearing-in
Several members of the Republican Party are arriving on Capitol Hill, in a gesture of national unity and recognition of the new presidency. Among them is noted Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who had challenged the certification of Biden’s victory.
16.24 – Supreme Court evacuated due to bomb scare
The Supreme Court in Washington is being evacuated following a bomb threat. CNN reports. According to the broadcaster, who cites a source with knowledge of the alarm, in these moments the presence of National Guard soldiers has significantly increased. The Supreme Court building is located in front of the Capitol, where Biden will be sworn in at noon.
4:22 PM – Pence arrives at the Capitol
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence also made his arrival at the Capitol to attend the swearing-in ceremony