Biden extends a hand to the world on first day as president by rejoining Paris climate accord and WHO while revoking Trump's travel ban
Joe Bidensigned a slew of executive orders on day one in the White House.
- Several of Biden's executive actions were focused on reconnecting America with the world.
- Biden wants to restore the US's global reputation, which sank under President Donald Trump.
Just hours after he was sworn into office, President Joe Biden signed executive orders that underscored his intentions to take a drastically more cooperative and multilateral approach to foreign affairs than his predecessor.
Biden rejoined the Paris climate accord and the
Biden's day-one actions are part of his pledge to repair America's alliances and reestablish the US as a leader in global affairs. He's extending a hand to the world after four years in which the US increasingly isolated itself in line with the Trump administration's unilateral approach to foreign affairs.Read more: Joe Biden is hiring about 4,000 political staffers to work in his administration. Here's how 3 experts say you can boost your chances of getting one of those jobs.
Trump's "America First" philosophy saw the US repudiate the global institutions it helped build after World War II, as Trump consistently argued that the US government was getting taken advantage of by the international community. Much of Trump's criticism in this regard was not grounded in fact.When it came to the Paris climate accord, for example, Trump said the deal was unfair as justification for withdrawing even though the US set its own targets under the nonbinding pact. The former president's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and WHO also put the US at odds with key US allies. Trump dismissed scientifically grounded concerns about
And by rescinding the travel ban, Biden takes a major step toward ending what was widely viewed as an era of unabashed xenophobia and Islamophobia under Trump that caused stress and trauma for families affected by the rules. The broad restrictions essentially labeled all people from the majority-Muslim countries a risk for terrorism, though research from the liberal think tank New America concluded "the large majority of jihadist terrorists in the United States have been American citizens or legal residents."
Beyond these issues, Biden signed a slew of other executive orders on Wednesday that included stopping construction of the wall on the US-Mexico border that was in many ways the centerpiece of Trump's agenda. Critics of the former president saw the wall as a symbol of xenophobia and antithetical to America's image of itself as a nation with a rich immigrant tradition.Taken together, such moves from Biden are emblematic of his intention to show the world that a new era in relations between the US and the world has begun.
"The world is watching, watching all of us today," Biden said during his inaugural address. "America has been tested, and we've come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again."
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