Biden did not want to disclose anything about the content of the personal message. CNN quoted the president shortly after his move to the White House: “Since it’s private, I won’t talk about it until I talk to him about it.”
It is customary for the outgoing president to leave a note for the next. And because Trump refused to attend the inauguration ceremony, the question was whether the late president would also break that tradition.
On his first day, Biden immediately signed 17 presidential decrees, including climate, coronavirus measures, immigration and energy. It included nine decisions reversing controversial Trump’s actions. For example, one of the decrees guarantees the United States’ return to the Paris climate agreement.
Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the agreement in June 2017, but that was not possible until November 2019 and is subject to a one-year transition period. As of November 4, 2020, the United States is no longer part of the Global Alliance against Global Warming.
The European Union and the United Nations responded enthusiastically to Biden’s decision. France Timmermans, president of the European Commission, and Josep Borrell, head of foreign affairs of the European Union, said in a joint statement that they look forward to “the United States returning to our side in leading international efforts to combat the climate crisis.” .
“I welcome President Biden’s steps to join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, companies and people taking ambitious action to combat the climate crisis,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Biden’s other decisions included a duty to cover up federal territory, end Trump’s ban on entering Muslim countries, and stop building a wall on the border with Mexico.
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