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President Biden signs 17 executive orders

Thursday, January 21, 2021
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President Joe Biden finalized 17 executive moves just hours after his inauguration on Wednesday, moving faster and more aggressively to dismantle Donald Trump's legacy than any other modern president. President Biden is signing a flurry of executive orders, memorandums and directives, his first step is to address the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of former President Donald Trump's signature policies. "There's no time to start like today," Biden told reporters in the Oval Office as he began signing a orders and memoranda. "I'm going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people." With the stroke of a pen, Biden has halted funding for the construction of the border wall, reversed the travel ban targeting largely Muslim countries and embraced progressive policies on the environment and diversity that Trump spent four years blocking. Biden also reversed several of Trump's attempts to withdraw from international agreements, beginning the process of rejoining the Paris climate accord and halting the U.S. departure from the World Health Organization, where Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, will lead the US delegation. His first action was to impose a mask mandate on federal property, a break in approach to dealing with the pandemic from Trump.  Biden also installed a coronavirus response coordinator to oversee the White House's efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies.