What you need to know
- President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in at the US Capitol. Harris has made history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president.
- Biden signed his first executive orders, including actions to impose a mask mandate on federal property and rejoin the Paris climate accord.
- Meanwhile, Donald Trump is back at Mar-a-Lago in Florida as DC and states across the country bolster security over fears of possible new threats today.
President Joe Biden just swore in presidential appointees from the White House in a virtual ceremony.
“We are one team,” Biden told the appointees. “We have an obligation, but we also have a great privilege. Very few times does an individual get to do something that can fundamentally positively impact other people’s lives, not only here but around the world.”
“People don’t work for us, we work for the people. I work for the people. They pay my salary. They pay your salary. They put their faith in you. I put my faith in you. And so we have an obligation,” Biden continued.
The President signed his first round of executive actions a bit ago, including an order requiring masks on federal property, one meant to ensure racial equality and another rejoining the Paris climate accord.
Here’s a look at the events that will come next:
- 7 p.m. ET: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds the first press briefing.
- 8:48 p.m. ET: Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris deliver remarks at the “Celebrating America” inaugural program.
- 9:55 p.m. ET: Biden and the first lady will appear on the White House’s Blue Room balcony.