Former Vice President and Democratic Senator Joe Biden will take the oath of office as the new president of the United States on Wednesday, beginning his first term in office, which he intends to devote to uniting the country, fighting the coronavirus and improving the economy that has suffered from the pandemic.
The ceremony, traditionally held outside the Capitol Building, is scheduled for midday.
Biden will be sworn in by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, a former Senator from California, will also be sworn in. She will become the first woman in US history to hold a vice-presidency.
Before leaving for Washington, Biden made a farewell speech to the people of his home state of Delaware.
Biden’s speech took place at the Delaware National Guard Third Reservist Center, named after Major Joseph “Bo” Biden, the eldest son of Joe Biden, who was Delaware’s attorney general from 2007 to 2015 and died prematurely at age 46 from an inoperable brain tumor – glioblastoma.
Delaware Governor John Cairney attended the Biden family’s farewell ceremony for the state.
“My dear fellow countrymen, on behalf of the entire Biden family, we can never fully express what you mean to us. The values shared by all members of our family, our views of the world – all come from home, from Delaware, “- said the president-elect, calling the state the place that provided his parents with a livelihood” when they are most in it needed “.
Meanwhile, the White House on Tuesday afternoon released a farewell message from outgoing President Donald Trump, who called on Americans to pray for the new administration that is coming to replace him. At the same time, Trump did not name his successor and the 46th President of the United States by name.
“This week we await the arrival of the new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said.
The main emphasis in the 45th president’s farewell address to the country was on reminding Americans that the United States is a great country and on the successes that his administration has achieved over the past four years.
“We are, and must always be, the land of hope, light and glory for the whole world,” the President stressed, speaking of the greatness of America.
Ahead of the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, the FBI conducted an investigation of 25,000 National Guard personnel sent to Washington to ensure the safety of the event.
On its basis, 12 military personnel were suspended from participation in the mission to ensure the security of the inauguration ceremony, the Pentagon said.
In the wake of the recent unrest at the Capitol, security is receiving even more attention than usual.
The area around the Capitol is surrounded by a fence and a wire fence. Authorities also closed the National Mall, roads and metro stations in downtown Washington.
Bridges to the city from Virginia are also closed.
Thousands of National Guard soldiers and law enforcement officers are deployed throughout the area to prevent further violence.
Despite security concerns, Biden plans to hold the inauguration ceremony at a traditional location.
According to future White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s team “fully trusts the Secret Service and its partners, who have been working on planning for more than a year to keep (the inauguration) safe.”
Trump refused to admit defeat or congratulate Biden, although he admitted there would be a “new administration” in the country on Wednesday.
Trump, in defiance of 160-year tradition, will not be attending his successor’s inauguration and will leave Washington on Wednesday after the red carpet ceremony.
Trump’s plan drew criticism, including from five Democratic congressmen, who sent a letter to acting on Saturday. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller; and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Millie, urging the Pentagon not to divert resources into a ceremony for the outgoing president.
“The proposed plan is unreasonable, unconventional and, most importantly, poses an unnecessary risk to national security by diverting key personnel and resources from guarding the Capitol,” they said.
Last week, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for the second time, accusing him of inciting mutiny. Senate proceedings are due to begin shortly after Biden’s inauguration. If found guilty, Trump may be banned from re-holding elected office.
Bedingfield said that in her inaugural speech, Biden plans to lay out a “positive, optimistic” vision for the country and “try to turn the page after the division and hatred of the past four years.”
“I think this is what Americans all over the country want,” Bedingfield said. “They need a government that will work for their benefit and help them in their daily lives.”
After taking office, Biden plans to cancel a number of Trump’s initiatives.
As future White House chief of staff, Ron Klein, noted on Saturday night, Biden “takes office at a time of deep crisis,” consisting of four elements: pandemic, economic, climate and racial.