On January 20th local time, President-elect Biden was officially sworn in as the 46th President of the United States at the inauguration ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Trump missed his inauguration ceremony and said in a farewell speech that he would come back in some form.
Biden was sworn in as president.
The inaugural speech revealed this information.
Biden’s inaugural speech has several points:
1 Acknowledging that the United States has been “deeply torn apart” and calling for “unity”;
2 Under the COVID-19 epidemic, the United States is experiencing a “dangerous winter” and will observe a moment of silence for the deceased and will actively fight against the epidemic;
3 will combat American political extremism, exclusionism and domestic terrorism;
4 Rejecting “American isolation” will repair relations with allies and establish “good links” with the world again.
After the inauguration ceremony, the Bidens will routinely travel from the Capitol to the White House.
However, unlike in the past, in view of the coronavirus epidemic, there will be no “sea of people” on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue; in addition, there will be no traditional celebrations, but online activities and broadcast on television instead.
Before Biden was sworn in, Kamala Harris, a vice president-elect of the United States and a Democrat, was officially sworn in as the vice president of the United States.
Harris was sworn in as Vice President of the United States
According to CNN, Harris became the first female vice president in American history to have black and Asian descent.
Trump left the White House
Absence from the inauguration ceremony breaks the convention
On the morning of the 20th local time, Trump arrived at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, to give a farewell speech.
At the farewell ceremony, the crowd shouted “We love you”, and Trump responded, “We love you too! This sentence comes from the bottom of my heart.
“Incredibly four years, we have achieved a lot together.” “You are amazing people, it’s a great country, and it’s my greatest honor to be your president,” Trump said.
Fox said that Trump also wished the next administration good luck and success.
“Goodbye. I will come back in some form.” Trump finally said.
Subsequently, Trump and Melania boarded Air Force One and headed to Florida.
According to foreign media reports, Trump plans to stay in his private club Mar-a-a-Lago in Florida after leaving office.
Florida was previously described by the Washington Post as its “ideal retirement place”.
Trump was absent from Biden’s inauguration.
This will make Trump the fourth outgoing president in American history to miss the inauguration of his successor, and the first time in more than 150 years.
Although the United States does not explicitly require outgoing presidents to attend the inauguration of the new president, it is customary for both sides to appear together and symbolize the peaceful transfer of power.
Moreover, Trump has not called to congratulate Biden on his election or admit defeat so far, which breaks American political conventions.
Before the inauguration ceremony
Washington is comparable to a theater.
On the eve of the inauguration of the new president of the United States, Washington, the capital, is on high alert, comparable to the war zone.
The White House and the Capitol are heavily guarded, the roads around the National Mall are restricted to traffic on almost all lines, heavily armed National Guard members, security guards and heavy military vehicles are guarded layer by layer, and key areas and key buildings are fenced around them…
This is what reporters saw in Washington, D.C. AFP uses the “Green Zone” of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, to compare the capital of the United States before the inauguration ceremony.
The congressional violence on January 6 not only became the trigger for Trump’s second impeachment by the House of Representatives, but also cast a thick haze over the transfer of power over the president, raising concerns about whether Biden’s inauguration can be held safely.
The Pentagon dispatched 25,000 National Guard members to participate in the security of the inauguration ceremony. The website of the Daily Capitol Hill called it “the largest security garrison in Washington’s history”.
In contrast, the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq is only about 5,000.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said on social media that Washington is now like Baghdad, Mosul and other war-torn areas, which is “sad”.
According to U.S. media reports, the FBI is vetting all members of the National Guard stationed in Washington to prevent “internal attacks”.
Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said in a statement on the 18th that there is no intelligence indicating that there is a threat of “internal attack”, but there will be no dead corners on ensuring Washington’s security.