On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed many executive orders that would immediately overturn some of the top priorities of former President Donald Trump.
As he sat next to a stack of folders, Biden signed three executive orders before the media. The folders contained orders the president intended to sign later.
President Biden begins signing a tall stack of executive orders during his first Oval Office appearance for press. pic.twitter.com/oh1JqG0iJP
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 20, 2021
Biden: ‘There’s No Time To Waste’
Biden said he needed to “get to work immediately.”
“I thought with the state of the nation today, there’s no time to waste,” Biden said, as at least 15 folders sat on stacked his desk.
Among the executive orders Biden signed Wednesday: a mask mandate on federal property, an order reversing Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, an overturn of the former president’s travel ban, and a revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
As reporters asked a storm of questions, the president’s handlers swiftly escorted the media out of the room once Biden finished his remarks.
BREAKING: President Biden signs 3 executive orders in front of reporters on Day 1 of presidency:
• Mask mandate and social distancing be kept on federal property
• Executive order on racial equity and “support for underserved communities”
• Rejoining Paris Climate Accord pic.twitter.com/i4o5W1AhUf
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 20, 2021
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Purpose Is To Overturn Trump Agenda
Biden also signed orders that ended Trump’s border emergency declaration, ended funding for construction of the southern border wall within seven days, and to “preserve and fortify” the DACA amnesty for illegal aliens who were brought into the United States as children.
One order struck down Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. Another rescinded Trump’s former executive order excluding non-citizens from the 2020 census.
Biden has already signed 17 executive orders. in 5 hours, we've rejoined the Paris Agreement, canceled Keystone XL, ceased withdrawal from the WHO, required non-citizens to be included in the Census, reversed the Muslim ban, AND added LGBTQ employment discrimination protection pic.twitter.com/U95MEAojC2
— xerxes 🐺 | blm ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@XerxesWuff) January 20, 2021
Biden Had Vowed To Sign A Number Of Executive Orders On ‘Day One’
President Biden has promised that more executive orders are coming, many of them also with the intention of reversing the policies of former President Trump.
Biden had promised during his campaign to take action on many of these issues on ‘day one.’ The former vice president said he would undo the work of his predecessor and aggressively pursue the Democrats’ agenda.
And he did.
Not long after he takes the presidential oath, Joe Biden will use the power of his pen to begin a sweeping transformation of U.S. policy through dozens of executive orders, presidential memoranda and other official directives. https://t.co/ZlC4QN6IL3@devindwyer has more. pic.twitter.com/2hnjbMhpYr
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) January 20, 2021
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