Three hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, Donald Trump flew to Florida aboard Air Force One after a final presidential speech.
As the U.S. Constitution wants, it is on January 20 at noon in Washington (6 p.m. in France) that Joe Biden, elected in pain on November 3,will officially become the 46th President of the United States, on a day that is both highly codified and unprecedented.
Indeed, it is in a capital deserted by its inhabitants because of Covid-19 – but gridlocked by the military after the assault on the Capitol – that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in to become president and vice president of the United States. A few hours later, upon his arrival in the White House, he signed 17 presidential decrees to reverse Donald Trump’s decisions.
His predecessor Donald Trump flew at 9 a.m. (3 p.m. in France) aboard Air Force One to his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, hideaway after a final speech. Whoever refuses the verdict of the ballot box will become the first president not to attend the swearing-in of his successor in 150 years.
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill attend a mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, along with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, a symbol of gathering three hours before the start of his term.
The future 46th President of the United States and his wife are joined by Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader in the Senate, as well as Republican leaders in the upper house Mitch McConnell and the lower house Kevin McCarthy.