The mainstream media declared Joe Biden the winner of the presidential contest on Saturday — and despite mounting legal challenges from the Trump campaign, the Democrat isn’t wasting any time etching out his plans for his first weeks in the Oval Office.
The Washington Post released a report Saturday revealing that Biden has teed up a series of executive orders designed to reverse some of President Donald Trump’s most noteworthy policies.
According to The Hill, among Biden’s plans is to walk back Trump’s long-standing ban on immigration from more than a dozen countries, many of which are Muslim-majority. The measure was put in place by Trump over national security concerns.
Biden also plans to “reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” also known as DACA, The Hill reported.
Biden makes his move
Citing the Post, which spoke with unnamed sources said to be close to the Biden campaign, The Hill reported Saturday that Joe Biden’s administration will also seek to rejoin the Paris climate accords, which President Trump announced that the U.S. would be pulling out of in 2017. The president had claimed at the time that the deal “disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries.”
According to Trump, the Paris deal left “American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.”
In addition, Biden reportedly plans to walk back Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO), a move Trump made after months of the international organization facing scrutiny for its handling of and guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.
The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2020
Full steam ahead
Not only are plans in place for Biden to implement these policies via executive orders, but Biden and his team have also reportedly started working on transitioning to the White House. The New York Times reports that Biden hopes to have his Cabinet members picked and announced by Thanksgiving.
“While we’re waiting for the final results, I want people to know we are not waiting to get the work done,” Biden said Friday, according to The Hill.
In a victory speech the next day, Biden revealed that he’s taking steps toward a plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, too. “On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden–Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021,” he said, according to PBS.
But while Biden may be optimistic about the future, his orders to undo Trump’s “America first” agenda likely won’t bode well with the some 71 million voters who were hoping for another four years of a president whose priority was the people.