President-elect Joe Biden will sign more than a dozen executive actions on Wednesday reversing some of President Trump’s signature policy initiatives and setting the tone for the new administration’s focus on COVID-19, the economy, climate change and racial justice.
On Biden’s first day as president, he plans to issue a national mask-wearing “challenge,” stop the construction of the Southern border wall, revoke the so-called “Muslim ban,” and rejoin both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, among many other things.
Biden will sign the mix of 15 executive orders, memoranda, directives and letters from the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon after he is sworn in as president.
Addressing the coronavirus pandemic will be Biden’s top priority.
Biden will first launch a “100 Days Masking Challenge,” asking Americans to cover their faces as much as possible and issuing an executive order requiring social distancing and mask-wearing in federal buildings, on federal land and by all federal employees.
Biden will end Trump’s effort to withdraw from WHO, making Anthony Fauci the top delegate to the international agency. Fauci will deliver remarks to WHO on Thursday.