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Biden signs more than dozen executive orders as he tackles COVID-19 and reverses Trump's orders Updated: 2021-01-21 17:01:33 KST

"And the first order I am going to be signing here is relates to COVID and it is requiring as I said all along where I have authority mandating masks be worn, social distancing can be kept on federal property and interstate commerce, et cetera."

This is one of fifteen executive orders President Joe Biden signed in his first few hours in office.
Modern presidents have signed only one executive order if any at all on their first day.
Many of Biden's orders reversed steps taken by the Trump administration Biden canceled America's withdrawal from the World Health Organization, rejoined the Paris climate agreement, and defunded the wall on the border with Mexico, to name a few.
On top of the executive orders, he's asking agencies to extend moratoriums on evictions and on federal student loan payments for those who've been affected economically by COVID-19.
Biden's White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the priorities in her first press briefing.

"We have prioritized getting our national security team in place, given the crises we're facing, given the importance of keeping the American people safe at this time."

While the briefing was being held, the Senate confirmed Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, the first post in Biden's Cabinet to be confirmed.
She passed in a vote of 84 to 10.
In the meantime, Biden held a virtual swearing-in ceremony for his appointees.

"And you're working with the most decent government in the world. We have to restore the soul of this country. And I'm counting on all of you to be part of that. And it's not hyperbole."

It has been reported that additional executive orders are in the pipeline in the next few days to tackle COVID-19 and provide economic relief.
Also coming next week is a policy dubbed "Buy American", which would require the U.S. government to purchase goods and services from U.S. companies.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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