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Donald Trump was humiliated when Joe Biden plans to tear up his legacy as president

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The former Delaware Senator will be sworn in as the 46th US President next Wednesday. On his first day in office, the new president promised to lift travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, and order officials to reunite children separated by the Trump administration on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The new administration also intends to resume the Iranian nuclear deal and provide US families with additional relief from the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

These measures include increasing evictions and foreclosures restrictions and the passing of a stimulus package by Congress worth $ 1.9 trillion (£ 1.4 trillion).

And in a sign that Mr. Biden plans to take a much more robust stance in the fight against the coronavirus, face masks will be mandatory on all U.S. federal real estate.

In a memo addressed to journalists, Mr. Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, said, “President-elect Biden will take action not only to undo the most serious damage to the Trump administration, but also to move our country forward.”

He added: “These actions will change the course of Covid-19, fight climate change, promote racial justice and support other underserved communities, and rebuild our economy in ways that strengthen the backbone of this country: the working men and women, who built our nation.

Joe Biden will seek to overturn many of Donald Trump’s policies (Image: Getty)

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Donald Trump (Image: Getty)

“Although the political goals of these executive measures are bold, I want to make it clear that the legal theory behind them is well founded and represents the restoration of an appropriate constitutional role for the president.”

However, Mr Biden’s first few days in office threaten to be overshadowed by Mr Trump’s recent impeachment.

The outgoing president was charged with “inciting insurrection” when he stormed Capitol Hill by an angry crowd of supporters last week.

Five people died in the attack, including a police officer after Mr Trump urged supporters to “march on the Capitol” during a political rally in Washington.

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Trump supporters gather in the Capitol (Image: Getty)

The outgoing president is now facing trial against the Senate, although the date has not yet been confirmed.

Mr Biden and his team fear that legal proceedings could delay the confirmation of his new cabinet and thereby affect his ability to enact his legislative program.

The President-elect would like the Senate to pass rules that would allow it to run the process in parallel with its normal course of business.

His chief of staff urged the senators to ensure the speedy appointment of the new cabinet members.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take office on Wednesday January 20th (Image: Getty)

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He told CNN’s Sate of the Union on Sunday: “It is important that the Senate fulfills its constitutional duty, but also its constitutional duty to move ahead with these appointments and take the country’s urgent action.

“During the last trial against President Trump, the Senate was able to hold confirmation hearings for candidates and do other business this morning.

“I hope the Senate leaders find a bipartisan way to advance all of their responsibilities.

“This impeachment process is one of them, but it is another of those jobs to get people into government and take action against the coronavirus.”

Mr Biden has called for unity and has pledged to use his experience with Congress to get across the aisle and forge bipartisan support for his administration.

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He has worked closely with the current Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and believes all but the most unruly Republicans are open to negotiation.

However, Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, believes that Mr Biden should not seek to appease the Republicans and should pursue a radical agenda.

In The Guardian, he wrote: “I keep hearing that Joe Biden will rule from the ‘center’. He has no choice, they say, because he will have wafer-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican Party has moved the right.

“Garbage. I’ve served several Democratic presidents who needed Republican votes for what they wanted to do.

“But the Republicans now in Congress are none other than the ones I’ve been dealing with. Most of the GOPs today live in a parallel universe. There is no ‘center’ between the reality-based world and theirs.”

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