Washington, United States – Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, and made an emotional call for « unity » in a ceremony marked by the pandemic and the absence of his predecessor Donald Trump, who left Washington about hours before heading to Florida.
« Today is a day of history and hope, » Biden said in his inaugural address in which he called for the « unity » of the country and promised to be the president of all Americans.
Biden, 78, was sworn in before Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in a solemn ceremony in front of the United States Capitol.
« We have come so far, but we still have to go further, » said Biden, who said there is a lot to « heal. »
In his speech, the political veteran affirmed that the United States faces « the rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, » but affirmed that these threats will be defeated.
This ceremony without an audience remembered the 400,000 dead from the pandemic in the country with a set of American flags planted on the esplanade in front of the Capitol.
Biden also wanted to remember the victims with a minute of silence and warned during his speech that the United States faces the most « deadly » phase of the pandemic.
Biden’s coming to power also marks a historic day for the United States, as Kamala Harris was sworn in as the country’s first vice president.
Trump’s absence from the ceremony marked a milestone in 150 years of Republican tradition, but his administration was represented by outgoing Vice President Mike Pence.
The ceremony, which had already been reduced by the pandemic, was also marked by the seizure of the Capitol on January 6, which forced an unprecedented security deployment in Washington, where traffic is cut off throughout the city center. and there are thousands of National Guard troops deployed.
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