President Biden reverses some Trump policies as first actions in office


Eric Inda

The day President Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20, he signed executive orders reversing some policies of the Trump administration.

The executive actions taken by the new president covered topics ranging from the economy, the coronavirus, immigration, and protection of the environment.

Biden reversed many of the actions executed by the Trump administration, including the travel ban which included many Muslim countries, a policy Biden described as “discriminatory” in his proclamation.

Trump had plans for the United States to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) back in late May, but one of Biden’s first actions was to prevent the United States from leaving. Dr. Anthony Fauci became the leader of the United States delegation to the WHO.

Other Trump policies that Biden reversed included rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, and halting the construction of a border wall on the border with Mexico.

For public transportation, Biden made the order that masks be required on many modes of transport, such as airplanes, trains, and buses.

All international travelers coming into the United States will be required to test negative for COVID-19 and will have to provide proof of their negative test results when entering the United States.

Biden also signed several other executive orders related to the pandemic: requiring masks on federal property, asking Americans to wear masks for the next 100 days, and speeding up the production of vaccines and their delivery.

Biden also took actions intended to improve the economy.

One of his executive orders created the Office of Personnel Management to create recommendations for federal employees to be paid $15 per hour minimum. Raising the minimum wage to $15 has been a goal of Biden’s.

On Jan. 25, he also signed an order to assist in boosting American manufacturing. This order would make it more difficult to sell foreign goods to federal agencies, allowing for U.S. factories to be in a better position to work with the federal government.

Biden says these actions will help solve some of the nation’s biggest issues, and to expect more to come in his first 100 days in the White House.