Joe Biden quotes ‘American Anthem’ during inaugural address
It’s a new dawn in American politics as President Joe Biden moved swiftly to undo the work of his predecessor Donald Trump by signing 17 executive orders on issues ranging from Covid to immigration.
The 46th President of the United States also ordered a halt on the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border, a totemic policy from Mr Trump’s time in the White House.
Mr Biden sat at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office for the first time after a star studded inauguration with performances from Lady GaGa and Jennifer Lopez.
Mr Trump broke convention and did not attend the inauguration and instead took one last flight on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago, in Florida, with wife Melania.
However one thing he did do is leave Mr Biden a letter in the White House which was described by the new US President as “very generous.”
New White House chief of staff hails a ‘great day’
The new White House chief of staff Ronald Klain tweeted his approval after Joe Biden’s first day in office on Wednesday.
He tweeted thanking everyone who “made this renewal of our democracy possible” and said there is “so much work to be done.”
Joe Middleton21 January 2021 10: 12
Biden watches fireworks with grandchildren from White House balcony as he repeats ‘unity’ call
Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, and their extended family watched from the White House as fireworks lit up the sky at the end of a star-studded inauguration event on Wednesday.
The newly-elected president urged Americans to “unify” for their common love of the country and said the US was a “great nation.”
Joe Middleton21 January 2021 10: 01
QAnon followers left upset and angry after conspiracy theory falters
Followers of QAnon have been left upset and angry in the wake of the apparent collapse of the conspiracy theory after an uneventful inauguration on Wednesday.
Followers had hoped for mass arrests of their enemies and the final proof that their faith in the unknown person named Q and Donald Trump had not been misplaced, writes The Independent’s Andrew Griffin
Joe Middleton21 January 2021 09: 32
Ted Cruz makes widely mocked tweet about Paris climate accord
Senator Ted Cruz went full steam ahead in criticising one of President Biden’s first acts which was to rejoin the Paris agreement.
Mr Cruz regurgitated a popular line used by form