What President Joe Biden plans to do in first 100 days as Donald Trump finally leaves

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When Donald Trump leaves the White House for the last time today he will leave a string of crises in his wake.

The Republican's four years in the White House have been among the most divisive in American history, and his response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been nothing short of shambolic.

It means that his successor, Joe Biden, will have to hit the ground running.

Former Vice-President Biden, who decisively won November's election, has already pledged to push through legislation quickly as he turns the page on a difficult period in US history.

Among the measures we can expect to see quickly is a co-ordinated coronavirus response, with Trump having largely ignored the unfolding disaster in his efforts to get the election overturned.

Immigration, climate change and foreign policy will also be among the top priorities as Biden looks to get the US back on track.

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A memo from Biden's incoming chief of staff Ron Klain said: “We face four overlapping and compounding crises: the Covid-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis."

Here we look at some of the moves Biden is expected to make in his first 100 days in office.

Coronavirus

First up, Biden needs to quickly get a handle on the pandemic, which has claimed 400,000 lives in the US.

He has said he plans to get a $1.9trillion relief package through Congress as fast as possible.

This sum includes $20 billion for a national vaccination program, and he has pledged to ensure 100 million doses are administered in his first 100 days.

The incoming President will have to get a handle on the Covid-19 crisis
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If the legislation passes as expected, $1,400 stimulus checks and an increase in the minimum wage are expected to ease the pressure on affected workers and businesses.

The US is also set to rejoin the World Health Organisation, Biden is expected to announce on day one.

Mask wearing will be mandatory on federal property as health authorities desperately try to make up for lost time.

Many of Donald Trump's spiteful policies will immediately be scrapped
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Travel ban

Donald Trump made so many controversial decisions it's going to take a long time to undo them all.

But one of the most immediate issues that Biden has pledged to tackle is his predecessor's discriminatory travel ban for several Muslim-majority countries.

Trump barred anyone, including refugees, from entering the US if they came from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Biden will not stand for this, saying: “As president, I’ll work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society to honour your contributions and seek your ideas.

"My administration will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level."

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Reuniting children with parents

One of the most shameful legacies of the Trump administration was the policy of separating children from their families at the US-Mexico border.

On his first day, Biden is set to create a federal task force to put this right.

Last month there were 628 parents still separated from their children who had not been reunited.

Climate change

Another first day decision Biden is set to make is rejoining the Paris climate accord after Trump's failure to protect the enviroment.

Brian Deese, who the incoming President has appointed director of the National Economic Council, said the US will be much more forceful on the crucial issue.

He told business leaders: “The President-elect said that just rejoining Paris is not sufficient.

The Biden administration will focus on climate change
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“It’s not sufficient for where the science says we need to be and it’s not sufficient because we’ve lost critical time over the last couple of years.

"We are putting ourselves on a trajectory to a low-carbon economy.

“You will see us not only re-join Paris, but engage multilaterally with major emitting allies across the world, to work together on how we can increase the ambition of our climate mitigation efforts, our emissions reductions efforts and how we can do that in a multilateral way.”

New gun control measures have been mooted by the incoming President (file image)
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Gun control

President after president has tried to bring in sensible gun laws.

Now Biden is taking up the mantle, having promised a string of measures aimed at tackling gun violence.

Among these are a ban on assault weapons, tighter background checks on guns, controls on stockpiling of weapons and an end to firearms being sold online.

With the gun lobby particularly powerful in the US, this will be hard to get through, however.

Iran nuclear deal

One policy from the Barack Obama era which Biden is keen to bring back is a return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

This granted Iran relief from sanctions and international investment as long as it ended its nuclear program.

Trump tore this agreement up in 2018, instead bringing in tough sanctions, and relations with Iran have been hostile since.

Last year Biden called Trump's Iran policy a "dangerous failure", saying that his approach would be "a credible path back to diplomacy."

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Immigration

On day one of his administration, Biden plans to unveil a new immigration bill.

This will offer a path to citizenship to around 11 million people who are in the US with no legal status.

In doing so he will undo the harsh policies from the Trump regime.

He is also set to halt the deportation of 'Dreamers', who arrived undocumented into the US as children.

Biden has lashed out at the “unrelenting assault" on American values brought in under Trump, and pledged to "undo the damage".

LGBTQ+ equality

Biden has said he plans to put the Equality Act at the top of his agenda in his first 100 days.

This follows four years of opposition from the Trump administration.

He said in October: “To help achieve our vision of equality, I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days — a priority that Donald Trump opposes.

“This is essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, including when it comes to housing.”