President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reassert the United States’ leadership role on the global stage through a series of day-one executive actions that would mark a drastic turn from outgoing President Donald Trump’s policies.
Now that Biden has defeated Trump, his transition team is beginning to turn his campaign-trail promises into plans he can implement early in his presidency.Biden’s first focus is likely to be the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
He is set to name a 12-person coronavirus task force on Monday, two sources with knowledge of his plans said.
Biden also said during the campaign that he will speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, before taking office.He is also poised to enact a series of executive actions that would undo many of Trump’s foreign policy actions and seek to rapidly return the United States to its status at the end of former President Barack Obama’s administration four years earlier.
Track the presidential election resultsAsked about the actions Biden will take on his first day in office, Biden campaign adviser Symone Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that the President-elect is “going to make good on his promises” made on the campaign trail.
close dialogBiden repeatedly promised on his first day in office to rejoin the Paris climate accord, a landmark international deal to combat climate change that Trump exited in 2017. He has also said he would rejoin the World Health Organization, which Trump moved to withdraw from this year.