On January 20, the U.S., a country committed to century-old traditions, had to break them at the inauguration of Joe Biden. This solemn moment was preceded not only by protest actions in Washington where five people were killed during the storming of the Capitol building but also in many other cities of the country.
Biden’s inauguration was held in a completely different way than what is stipulated by the regulations. The unprecedented preparations for it speak for themselves. It was decided to keep in place the high fence around the White House which had been erected. A total of 25,000 National Guardsmen arrived in Washington. Remarkably, the servicemen were tested for loyalty to the Democratic Party. A total of twelve National Guardsmen were suspended from duty around the White House and the Capitol on suspicion of offences related to extremism. Access to the Capitol building was blocked. During previous inaugurations, tens of thousands of people had waved flags to welcome a President-elect. This time, however, it was decided to place these flags in front of the White House, simply by sticking their stems in the ground. Interestingly, as the media reported, while waving in the wind, they suddenly turned into a giant Russian tricolor flag.
In a breakaway from tradition, Donald Trump did not meet Joe Biden at the White House. There was no traditional the first ladies' traditional White House 'tea and tour.' A few hours before the ceremony, Trump flew with his wife Melania to his residence in Florida. However, according to media reports, he said goodbye to all those who supported him promising to come back "in one way or another." Before quitting, he made a nice gesture. Trump left a letter in the Oval Office to Biden, the text of which was not disclosed.
Only a small part of the traditional ceremony was held. Joe Biden took the oath of office on the steps of the White House. Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence attended the ceremony. Kamala Harris, who became the first female Vice President of the United States, also took the oath of office. Joe Biden received congratulations from former presidents and guests of honor.
The nuclear football is normally handed over during the inauguration when the outgoing President hands it off to his successor in the office. This time, it was necessary to make a new black leather suitcase for Joe Biden. However, there is nothing to worry about for the Americans, as Donald Trump will not be able to start a nuclear war. The former codes in the “football” are no longer valid after the new President has been sworn in. Even this tradition has been broken.
Another interesting fact is that two hours before the ceremony, the U.S. Supreme Court employees had to be evacuated. It was reported that there might be an explosion in the building. However, the information was not confirmed later.
In the country, everyone is waiting for the first measures that Joe Biden, the 46th U.S. President, will take. From the first day, he began to act very decisively. Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement. The decision to ban citizens of some Muslim countries from entering the United States was nullified. Biden also asked people to wear face masks. Last but not least, the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico has been stopped.
After Donald Trump left the White House, Joe Biden wrote on Twitter that "a new day in America had come." What exactly did the newly elected U.S. President mean by that? It is hard to say yet. After all, to pass the Equality Act which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was one of the campaign highlights he promised to fulfill within 100 days if he won. More than that, Biden said that he would make it his priority.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump made a kind of gift to Russia on his last day in office. He gave an order to disclose the documents related to the FBI investigation into his election campaign team allegedly associated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. According to Trump's resolution, the materials are to be disclosed "to the fullest extent possible."
Indeed, the inauguration of Joe Biden was unconventional. Now, the attention of many is focused on the steps of the newly elected U.S. President.