When he begins his presidency this week, Joe Biden will inherit a collection of crises unlike any in generations — the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, racial strife and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol.
He plans to start his administration with dozens of executive directives in a 10-day blitz meant to signal a turning point for the U.S.
According to a memo from his incoming chief of staff, the new president will quickly order the following steps to immediately reverse President Trump’s most hotly contested policies:
■ Rescinding the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries
■ Rejoining the Paris climate change accord
■ Ordering agencies to figure out how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the border from Mexico
■ Extending pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments; issuing a mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel
At the end of Trump’s tenure: A lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of Mr. Trump’s allies collecting fees from wealthy felons or their associates to push the White House for clemency.
Potential violence: The atmosphere was tense in Washington and at statehouses across the country over the weekend.
In many states, military vehicles and police barricades lined the streets near government buildings and officials braced for the possible influx of pro-Trump protesters ahead of the inauguration on Wednesday.
As of Sunday afternoon, there were no reports of violence, but law enforcement and National Guard troops remained on high alert.
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