09 Nov 2020
This weekend saw a new U.S. President-elect, after Democrat Joe Biden managed to get the required 270 electoral college votes to ensure him a victory over Donald Trump.
Biden’s team announced that it will first start to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, by increasing tests and enforcing that facemasks are worn by Americans. The newly elected President will name a 12-member coronavirus task force at the start of the week, reports claim.
Despite Biden’s progress in the election, Republican Donald Trump refuses to concede and is planning to launch legal challenges to the results in several key states. Biden is expected to assume power in January.
The U.S. media stated that Biden will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, which Trump had ordered to leave officially on Wednesday. Biden will also reverse the decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization.
Speaking for the first time as president-elect on Saturday, Biden stated that it is it was "time to heal" the U.S., promising "not to divide but to unify" the country. He directly addressed Trump’s supporters, telling them, "We have to stop treating our opponents as enemies."
Now at the helm, Biden and vice president Kamala Harris are set to focus on the economy, tackling racism and climate change.