Joe Biden will remain busy during the first days of his presidency after vowing to immediately enforce some executive orders while on the campaign trail.
Among the promises Biden has made include a mask mandate, lifting travel bans in Muslim-majority countries, and asking the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.
While this is an ambitious plan, Biden plans to sign several executive orders on his first day in office, based on a memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain.
One of the executive orders Biden will sign is the cancellation of the travel ban, which affects people first Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen when it was implemented in January 2017.
According to his chief of staff, Biden plans to sign about a dozen executive orders
Travel bans in Muslim-majority countries are one policy Joe Biden wants to undo on his first day
Biden also plans to bring the United States back to the Paris Agreement on its first day
The order has been slightly amended since then, but most have withstood legal challenges, despite calls that it is discriminatory.
Another executive order Biden plans to sign on his first day is one that will see the United States rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.
The agreement signed in 2016 represents a global pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact other environmentally conscious policies.
Donald Trump called on the United States to withdraw from the agreement in November 2019, becoming the most significant country to no longer be a party to the pact, sparking worldwide outrage.
The plan will reverse many of the policy decisions made by his predecessor over four years
“ During the campaign, President-elect Biden promised to take immediate action to begin to tackle this crisis and build back better, ” Klain wrote in a memo obtained by CNN.
“As president, he will keep those promises and sign dozens of executive orders, presidential memoranda and directives to Cabinet bodies to fulfill the promises he made.”
Other executive orders Biden wants to sign immediately include stopping evictions during the pandemic, pausing student loan payments during the pandemic, and mandating mandatory wearing of face masks on federal property.
Biden has also listed a comprehensive immigration policy and a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill among his top priorities.
Biden previously said he would cancel the Migrant Protection Protocol on its first day, which rejected many Central American refugees at the Mexican border.
Whether he does or not could become critical in the coming days, with reports of Honduran migrants working through Guatemala and slowly heading for the US border emerging.
Trump’s legacy could be damaged by Biden’s reversal of many of his policies
Biden also plans to visit Britain at the start of his presidency. Photo: Biden in Great Britain in official business as vice president in February 2013
In addition to many executive orders and policy priorities, Biden is also eyeing his first overseas trip as president.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that Biden plans to make Britain his first travel site outside of North America, which will be seen as a boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“ Joe’s view is that they’re going to have the fate of the world on their shoulders so he wants to overcome any political differences, ” a friend of Biden told the Telegraph, in light of Biden’s previous opposition to Brexit.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also hopes to visit Biden in Washington DC after his inauguration.
The United Nations climate change conference is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in the fall of 2021, meaning Biden could visit the UK more than once this year.
Trump and Johnson capitalized on similar sentiments in their countries, but relations between the two countries during their tenure have not been particularly strong.
Due to Brexit, the two countries are working on a new trade deal, which is not expected to exist before 2022.
Additionally, Trump’s state visit to the country in June 2019 was fiercely protested and featured the infamous aviator of Trump’s baby balloon.
Trump’s first foreign visit as president took him to several countries in May 2017 starting in Saudi Arabia, where he signed a $ 110 billion arms deal.