Joe Biden plans to take action to roll back some of Donald Trump's most controversial decisions on his first day of presidency, his incoming chief of staff has said.
On Wednesday, following his inauguration, Biden will end Mr Trump’s restriction on immigration to the US from some Muslim-majority countries, move to rejoin the Paris climate accord and mandate mask-wearing on federal property and during interstate travel.
It would mark a 10-day blitz of executive actions as Biden seeks to act swiftly to redirect the country in the wake of Trump’s presidency.
Most of the measures are a reversal of policies Trump pursued and his immigration measure, as well as his proposal for $1.9 trillion spending on Covid vaccinations and economic stimulus, face uphill battles in a Congress narrowly controlled by the Democrats.
There are among roughly a dozen actions Mr Biden will take on his first day in the White House, his incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a memo to senior staff.
Other actions include extending the pause on student loan payments and actions meant to prevent evictions and foreclosures for those struggling during the pandemic.
“These executive actions will deliver relief to the millions of Americans that are struggling in the face of these crises,” Mr Klain said in the memo.
“President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward.”
“Full achievement” of Biden’s goals will require Congress to act, Mr Klain wrote, including the 1.9 trillion dollar (£1.46 trillion) virus relief bill he outlined on Thursday.
The following day will see action on providing economic relief to those suffering the economic costs of the pandemic.
Measures include expanding Covid testing and directing the government to favour American-made goods when it makes purchases.
In the following week, Mr Klain said, Biden would take additional actions relating to criminal justice reform, climate change and immigration — including a directive to speed the reuniting of families separated at the US-Mexico border under Mr Trump’s policies.
More actions will be added, Mr Klain said, once they clear legal review.
Incoming presidents traditionally move swiftly to sign an array of executive actions when they take office. Trump did the same, but he found many of his orders challenged and even rejected by courts.
Mr Klain maintained that Biden should not suffer similar issues, saying “the legal theory behind them is well-founded and represents a restoration of an appropriate, constitutional role for the President”.