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Biden, Obama, Bush and Clinton lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

In their first show of unity, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier besides past presidents and first ladies from both parties – with the obvious exception of Donald Trump. 

Standing behind Biden and Harris at Arlington National Cemetery were former presidents Barack Obama and first ladies Michelle; George W. Bush and Laura; and Bill Clinton and Hillary. 

The message of cross-party unity could not have been clearer: three former presidents and first ladies coming together to salute the fallen.

After past inaugurations, the new president and vice-president have traditionally traveled to Arlington, but on Wednesday afternoon the unofficial club of former presidents joined to echo the theme of Joe Biden’s inaugural address. The 96-year-old Jimmy Carter did not come to the inauguration over COVID-19 concerns but congratulated Biden in a message.  

The scene of three former and one current commanders-in-chief mourning the fallen together underlined how Trump had made himself an outcast from America’s smallest – and most exclusive – club. 

United: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with (from left) Michelle and Barack Obama, Laura and George W. Bush and Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Moment of respect: The three former presidents wait for the new president and vice president to arrive at Arlington

Moment of respect: The three former presidents wait for the new president and vice president to arrive at Arlington 

Vice President Kamala Harris (left) and President Joe Biden (right) participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Vice President Kamala Harris (left) and President Joe Biden (right) participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 

Vice President Kamala Harris (center) and President Joe Biden (right) salute the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlinton National Cemetery

Vice President Kamala Harris (center) and President Joe Biden (right) salute the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlinton National Cemetery 

BIPARTISAN ALLIANCE: Standing behind the new president and vice president were (from left) Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton

BIPARTISAN ALLIANCE: Standing behind the new president and vice president were (from left) Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walk to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walk to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday 

He had railed against all three former presidents, especially Obama, but had also dismissed Bush, privately calling him a ‘dummy,’ while his one-time friendship with Bill Clinton was shattered by the bitterness of the 2016 election campaign.

The hostility was reciprocated: Members of the Bush family were critical of Trump throughout his administration. Four years ago at inauguration, George W. Bush commented ‘That was some weird s**t.’

In contrast, while Obama was extremely critical of Bush when running for president in 2008, those two families have developed a friendly relationship, especially between Bush and Michelle Obama. Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush became close friends after the 41st president’s defeat.

In his inaugural address, Biden issued a call for unity and promised to govern for ‘all Americans’ Wednesday, seeking to move the nation beyond the presidency of Donald Trump and what he described as an attack on democracy itself in his first remarks to the nation as president.

In a 22-minute address after he was sworn in 11 minutes early by Chief Justice John Roberts, Biden drew a sharp contrast between his presidency and the preceding four years, saying: ‘My whole soul is in this. I’ll keep everything I do in your service, thinking not of power but of possibilities, not of personal injuries but the public good.’

Biden did not mention Trump by name but wove a thread of contrast through his speech. He denounced ‘lies told for power and for profit,’ said ‘there are truth and there are lies,’ acknowledged the bitter divisions in the country as an ‘uncivil war,’ and referred to the MAGA mob which rioted in the place he spoke just two weeks ago, saying: ‘Democracy prevailed.’

He spoke in unique circumstances: no crowds because of COVID and a security clampdown in the wake of the MAGA riot, and for the first time since 1869, his predecessor absent.

Trump had left Washington D.C. with a tub-thumping speech saying ‘we will be back – in some form’ and taken Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago, issuing a final pardon with less than an hour of his presidency left, and telling his friends he will start his own ‘Patriot Party.’

On the dais on the Capitol steps, Biden put his hand on his family’s Bible, held by his wife Jill, and took the oath, then addressed the nation for the first time as the 46th president.

He made unity the theme of his address and also highlighted the coronavirus hobbling the nation, taking a pause and asking for silent prayer for the more than 400,000 COVID dead.

‘To all those who supported our campaign, I’m humbled by the faith you’ve placed in us. To all of those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart,’ said Biden.

‘If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy,’ he told opponents. ‘That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably. Within the guardrails of our republic, it’s perhaps this nation’s greatest strength. Yet hear me clearly: disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you, I will be a president for all Americans – all Americans,’ he said.

He spoke with urgency about the ‘painful lesson’ of recent weeks, referencing the riot in the Capitol that followed Trump’s effort to overturn the results in states that voted for Biden as a historic time of testing for the nation – but also pronounced that ‘democracy has prevailed.’ 

Joe Biden raised his hand and took an oath to 'preserve, protect and defend' the Constitution on Wednesday ¿ starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Donald Trump

Joe Biden raised his hand and took an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution on Wednesday – starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Donald Trump

Biden, in tactic acknowledgement of Trump's refusal to concede the election, announced 'democracy has prevailed' in the opening of his inaugural address

Biden, in tactic acknowledgement of Trump’s refusal to concede the election, announced ‘democracy has prevailed’ in the opening of his inaugural address

'The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,' Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks

‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks 

Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden kiss after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol

Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden kiss after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol 

Trump skipped the event, flying to Mar-a-Lago after organizing his own pep rally sendoff, telling supporters and family members 'Have a good life, we will see you soon

Trump skipped the event, flying to Mar-a-Lago after organizing his own pep rally sendoff, telling supporters and family members ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon

President Donald Trump gestures to supporters en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort as Biden's inauguration was underway

President Donald Trump gestures to supporters en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort as Biden’s inauguration was underway

On Wednesday, with history-making Vice President Kamala Harris on his team, the oldest person to become president is vowing to focus on the virus

On Wednesday, with history-making Vice President Kamala Harris on his team, the oldest person to become president is vowing to focus on the virus

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration of Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration of Joe Biden 

President Joe Biden signs three documents including an Inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations, as US Vice President Kamala Harris watches in the Presidents Room

President Joe Biden signs three documents including an Inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations, as US Vice President Kamala Harris watches in the Presidents Room 

Biden also acknowledged the attack that took place on the Capitol two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob interrupted the certification of his victory

Biden also acknowledged the attack that took place on the Capitol two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob interrupted the certification of his victory

‘We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue,’ he said, echoing some of the themes of Barack Obama, who brought him to the White House only to watch his own agenda come under assault during the Trump presidency. 

He warned of a ‘dark winter’ and listed the challenges he faces, including COVID, an economy in crisis, and the explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd saying: ‘A once in a century virus that silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost, hundreds of thousands of businesses closed, a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.’

But he said: ‘To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity.’

And he spoke of his own faith as the second-ever Catholic president, quoting St. Augustine, after a day which began with mass with Congressional leaders, and also spoke of his faith in America, saying: ‘This is a great nation. We are good people.’ 

The 78-year-old thanked his predecessors of both parties for being at his swearing-in. Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush attended – making Trump’s absence even more notable. Trump skipped the event, flying to Mar-a-Lago after organizing his own pep rally sendoff, telling supporters and family members ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon. 

‘I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart,’ Biden said, adding he had spoken to former President Jimmy Carter on the phone the night before. Carter did not attend out of safety reasons because of the COVID pandemic.

Biden also acknowledged the attack that took place on the Capitol two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob interrupted the certification of his victory.

‘Now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the capital’s very foundation. We come together under one nation, under god, indivisible, to transfer the peaceful power as we have for two centuries,’ he said.

Biden gave his inaugural remarks after history-making Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in, with the oldest person to become president taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution – starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump. 

In his inaugural remarks, Biden declared: ‘Unity is the path forward.

He asked for all Americans to come together and join him. He also asked those 75 million Trump voters to ‘hear him out’ during his time in office.

‘My whole soul is in it today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this, bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause,’ he said. 

In his inaugural remarks, Biden declared: ‘Unity is the path forward. He asked for all Americans to come together and join him. He also asked those 75 million Trump voters to ‘hear him out’ during his time in office

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden gesture as they leave after his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden gesture as they leave after his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol

Biden specifically called for an end to manipulating facts and raging at one another ¿ two characteristics of Trump's time in office

Biden specifically called for an end to manipulating facts and raging at one another – two characteristics of Trump’s time in office

President Joe Biden is congratulated by first lady Jill Biden, his son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn-in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration

President Joe Biden is congratulated by first lady Jill Biden, his son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn-in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Biden gave his inaugural remarks after history-making Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in, with the oldest person to become president taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution – starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greets former U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greets former U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden

Former President George W. Bush, from left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol for the Inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Former President George W. Bush, from left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol for the Inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Former US President Bill Clint (L) and former US First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration

Bernie Sanders documents President Joe Biden's inauguration on his cellphone on Wednesday

Bernie Sanders documents President Joe Biden’s inauguration on his cellphone on Wednesday 

Family members of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attend the inauguration of Joe Biden

Family members of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attend the inauguration of Joe Biden

BIDEN-HARRIS INAUGURATION TIMELINE 

8:45am: Attend mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with members of Congress

10:30am: Biden, Harris and roughly 1,000 guests arrive at the East Front of the US Capitol

11:00am Ceremony will begin with an invocation by the Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, a Jesuit priest who is a close friend of the Biden family.

Andrea Hall, the first African American female firefighter to become captain of the Fire Rescue Department in South Fulton, Georgia, will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem.

Amanda Gorman, who became the country’s first Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, will read a poem she has written for the occasion called ‘The Hill We Climb.’

Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks also will perform.

11:49pm: Joe Biden is sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member of the Supreme Court. 

1:40pm: Biden and Harris review the readiness of military troops in a pass in review.

2:25pm: Biden, Harris and their spouses go to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

3:15pm: President Biden and VP Harris receive a Presidential Escort to the White House.

5:15pm: President Biden signs executive orders and other presidential actions.

5:45pm: Biden swears in Day One Presidential Appointees in a virtual ceremony.

Harris will also swear in three Democratic senators.

8:00pm: Biden and Harris attend the Celebrating America special, hosted by Tom Hanks, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington.

Performers include Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake.

 9:55pm: President Biden and Vice President Harris appear on the Blue Room Balcony.

Biden didn’t mention President Trump by name but his speech was full of denunciation of Trump’s tactics and methods.

‘We can see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature,’ he said. 

Biden specifically called for an end to manipulating facts and raging at one another – two characteristics of Trump’s time in office.

‘Let’s start afresh, all of us. Let’s begin to listen to one another again, hear one another, see one another, show respect to one another. Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured,’ he noted.

‘There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. Each of us has the duty and responsibility as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth and defeat the lies,’ Biden said. 

He acknowledged the deep divides and wounds in the country.

‘This is a great nation. We are good people. Over the centuries, through storm and strife, and peace and at war, we’ve come so far. We still have far to go. We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain,’ he said.

Biden also acknowledged the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans and devastated the American economy.

‘We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter. We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation. One nation. I promise you this. As the bible says, we may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. We will get through this together. Together!,’ he said.

In his first act as president, he asked Americans to join him in a moment of silence to remember those who died from the deadly disease.

‘My first act as president, I’d like to ask you to join me in a moment of silent prayer to remember all those who we lost this past year to the pandemic, those 400,000 fellow Americans, moms, dads, husband, wives, daughters, sons, coworkers. We will honor them by becoming the people and the nation we know we can and should be. Let’s say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives and for those left behind and for our country. Amen,’ he said.

He acknowledged the challenges that face him as he takes office as the nation’s 46th president, including the pandemic, racism, the climate and America’s role in the world.

‘Folks, this is a time of testing. We face an attack on democracy and untruth, a raging virus, growing inequity, sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America’s role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways, but the fact is, we face them all at once presenting this nation with one of the gravest responsibilities we’ve had. Now we’re going to be tested. Are we going to step up, all of us? It’s time for boldness, for there’s so much to do,’ he said.

He closed with another call for unity.

‘My fellow Americans, I close the day where I began, with a sacred oath, before God and all of you. I give you my word, I will always level with you,’ he said.

‘Together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not darkness, a story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness. May this be the story that guides us, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells ages yet to come that we answer the call of history. We met the moment. Democracy and hope, truth and justice did not die on our watch, but thrived,’ he added. 

Biden concluded his 20 minutes of remarks with: ‘So, with purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasks of our time, sustained by faith, driven by conviction, devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts. May god bless America and may God protect our troops. Thank you, America.’ 

Joe and Jill Biden greeted their predecessors in the White House with hugs and handshakes as they exited the inauguration platform. The couple shared a particularly long hug with Barack and Michelle Obama, who they were close to in the eight years Biden served as Obama’s vice president.

They also greeted George W. Bush and Laura Bush and Bill and Hillary Clinton. The former first couples will join the Bidens at Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a show of bipartisan unity. 

He closed with another call for unity. 'My fellow Americans, I close the day where I began, with a sacred oath, before God and all of you. I give you my word, I will always level with you,' he said

He closed with another call for unity. ‘My fellow Americans, I close the day where I began, with a sacred oath, before God and all of you. I give you my word, I will always level with you,’ he said

Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill Biden after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill Biden after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

President Joe Biden is hugged by his wife Jill Biden after delivering his inaugural address

President Joe Biden is hugged by his wife Jill Biden after delivering his inaugural address 

Kamala Harris is sworn in as U.S. Vice President as her husband Doug Emhoff and President Elect Joe Biden look on

Kamala Harris is sworn in as U.S. Vice President as her husband Doug Emhoff and President Elect Joe Biden look on

Jennifer Lopez with Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration of Joe Biden

Jennifer Lopez with Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration of Joe Biden

Jennifer Lopez performs during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States

Jennifer Lopez performs during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States

Lady Gaga sings the U.S. National Anthem at the beginning of the swearing in ceremony

Lady Gaga sings the U.S. National Anthem at the beginning of the swearing in ceremony

Amanda Gorman recites a poem during the inauguration of Joe Biden

Amanda Gorman recites a poem during the inauguration of Joe Biden

Singer Garth Brooks greets Joe Biden after singing Amazing Grace during the inauguration of Joe Biden

Singer Garth Brooks greets Joe Biden after singing Amazing Grace during the inauguration of Joe Biden

Guests and spectators attend the 59th Presidential Inauguration for President Joe Biden

Guests and spectators attend the 59th Presidential Inauguration for President Joe Biden

READ JOE BIDEN’S FULL INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, and my distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is democracy’s day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew. And America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.

We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. 

So now, on this hallowed ground, where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol’s very foundation, we come together as one nation under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries. As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on the nation we know we can be and we must be.

I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And I know, and I know the resilience of our constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation, as does President Carter who I spoke with last night, who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifetime in service.

I’ve just taken the sacred oath each of those patriots have taken. The oath first sworn by George Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us, on we the people, who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we’ve come so far, but we still have far to go.

We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain. Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now.

Once in a century virus that silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost, hundreds of thousands of

businesses closed, a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer. 

A cry for survival comes from planet itself. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear, and now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat. 

To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity. Unity. In another January, on New Year’s Day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation. When he put pen to paper, the president said, and I quote, ‘if my name ever goes down into history, it’ll be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.’

‘My whole soul is in it.’ Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause. 

Uniting to fight the foes we face, anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With unity, we can do great things, important things.

We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome the deadly virus. We can reward — reward work and rebuild the middle class and make health care secure for all. We can deliver racial justice and we can make America once again the leading force for good in the world.

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days. I know that the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we all are created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonization have long torn us apart.

The battle is perennial, and victory is never assured. Through civil war, the great depression, World War, 9/11, through struggle, sacrifices, and setbacks, our better angels have always prevailed. In each of these moments, enough of us — enough of us — have come together to carry all of us forward, and we can do that now.

History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity. We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.

No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you, we will not fail. We have never, ever, ever, ever failed in America when we’ve acted together.

And so today, at this time, in this place, let’s start afresh, all of us. Let’s begin to listen to one another again.

Hear one another. See one another. Show respect to one another. Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated, and even manufactured. 

My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this. America has to be better than this, and I believe America is so much better than this. Just look around. Here we stand, in the shadow of the Capitol dome, as it was mentioned earlier, completed amid the civil war, when the union itself was literally hanging in the balance. Yet, we endured. We prevailed.

Here we stand, looking out on the great mall where Dr. King spoke of his dream. Here we stand where, 108 years ago at another inaugural, thousands of protesters tried to block brave women marching for the right to vote. And today, we mark the swearing of the first woman in American history elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris.

Don’t tell me things can’t change!

Here we stand, across the Potomac, from Arlington Cemetery, where heroes who gave the last full measure of devotion, rest in eternal peace. And here we stand, just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen. It will never happen. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever. Not ever. 

To all those who supported our campaign, I’m humbled by the faith you’ve placed in us. To all of those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart.

If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably. Within the guardrails of our republic, it’s perhaps this nation’s greatest strength. Yet hear me clearly, disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you, I will be a president for all Americans, all Americans. 

And I promise you, I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did. 

Many centuries ago, St. Augustine, a saint in my church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love. Defined by the common objects of their love. What are the common objects we as Americans love, that define us as Americans?

I think we know. Opportunity, security, liberty, dignity, respect, honor and, yes, the truth. The recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit.

And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders, leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation, to defend the truth and defeat the lies.

Look, I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation. I understand they worry about their jobs. I understand like my dad, they lay in bed wondering, can I keep my health care, can I pay my mortgage. Thinking about their families, about what comes next. I promise you, I get it.

But the answer is not to turn inward, to retreat into competing factions, distrusting those who don’t look like — look like you or worship the way you do or don’t get their news from the same source as you do. We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus — rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.

If we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we are willing to stand in the other person’s shoes — as my mom would say — just for a moment, stand in their shoes. Because here’s the thing about life: there’s no accounting for what fate will deal you.

Some days, when you need a hand. There are other days when we’re called to lend a hand. That’s how it has to be. That’s what we do for one another.

And if we are this way, our country will be stronger, more prosperous, more ready for the future. And we can still disagree. My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us, we’re going to need each other. We need all our strength to preserve — to persevere through this dark winter. We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus.

We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation, one nation. And I promise you this. As the Bible says, ‘weep, ye may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ We will get through this together. Together. Look, folks, all my colleagues that I served with in the house and the senate up here, we all understand, the world is watching, watching all of us today. So here’s my message to those beyond our borders.

America has been tested, and we’ve come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. 

And we’ll lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. We’ll be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.

Look, you all know, we’ve been through so much in this nation. In my first act as president, I’d like to ask you to join me in a moment of silent prayer to remember all those who we lost in this past year to the pandemic, those 400,000 fellow Americans — moms, dads, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We’ll honor them by becoming the people and the nation we know we can and should be.

So, I ask you, let’s say a silent prayer for those who have lost their lives and those left behind and for our country.

Amen. Folks, this is a time of testing. We face an attack on our democracy and on truth. A raging virus, growing inequity, the sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis. America’s role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways. But the fact is, we face them all at once. Presenting this nation with one of the gravest responsibilities we’ve had. Now we’re going to be tested.

Are we going to step up, all of us? It’s time for boldness, for there is so much to do. And this is certain. I promise you, we will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era. We will rise to the occasion, is the question. Will we master this rare and difficult hour?

Will we meet our obligations, and pass along a new and better world to our children? I believe we must. I’m sure you do as well. I believe we will. And when we do, we’ll write the next great chapter in the history of the United States of America, the American story, a story that might sound something like a song that means a lot to me. It’s called ‘American Anthem.’ And there’s one verse that stands out, at least for me.

And it goes like this: ‘The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day. What shall be our legacy? What will our children say? Let me know in my heart when my days are through. America, America, I gave my best to you.’ Let’s add. Let’s, us, add our own work and prayers to the unfolding story of our great nation.

If we do this, then when our days are through, our children and our children’s children will say of us, they gave their best, they did their duty, they healed a broken land. My fellow Americans, I close the day where I began, with a sacred oath before God and all of you. I give you my word, I will always level with you. I will defend the Constitution. I’ll defend our democracy. I’ll defend America.

And I’ll give all, all of you, keep everything you — I do in your service, thinking not of power but of possibilities, not of personal injuries but the public good. And together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness.

May this be the story that guides us, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history, we met the moment. Democracy and hope, truth and justice, did not die on our watch, but thrived, that America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world. That is what we owe our forebears, one another, and generations to follow.

So, with purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasked of our time, sustained by faith, driven by conviction, and devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts. May God bless America and may God protect our troops. Thank you, America. 

Biden also exchanged salutes with General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A military honor guard saluted the new president as he departed as ‘Stars & Stripes’ played.

The Bidens held hands as they walked through the Capitol building after the ceremony

Biden had cued up a batch of executives for signing late Wednesday afternoon to begin the effort to roll back elements of the Trump agenda and demonstrate a restoration to the last Democratic administration.

Biden was planning to sign orders to stop construction of Trump’s border wall, end the ban on immigration from majority Muslim nations, and reenter the Paris climate accord.

Others would get the U.S. back into the World Health Organization, require mask use in federal buildings, and end a 1776 commission conceived as a way to push back against ‘woke’ efforts to take down confederate statues and otherwise reexamine the nation’s monuments and memory.

Biden, 78 and the oldest person sworn in as president, inherits a divided country, wracked by the virus, with millions on unemployment, and huge swaths of Republicans doubting the legitimacy of his election.

Biden was joined on the West Front of the Capitol by predecessors and lawmakers from both parties – including now-former Vice President Mike Pence, who had overseen the counting of Biden’s 306 to 232 electoral vote win in a normally perfunctory count that was interrupted by the riot.

Biden made the coronavirus pandemic a central part of his campaign, and there were reminders all around him of the difficult circumstances the nation faces. Attendees had their chairs spaced out in an effort at social distancing. Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and other guests wore masks in an effort to limit the spread of the virus that has killed 400,000 Americans.

Just as evident was the constitutional crisis the nation faced, with figures from both parties present as a show of unity and continuity. Former President Barack Obama, who put Biden on the ticket, was there with former first lady Michelle Obama, who made impassioned pleas for Biden’s election.

Biden made the coronavirus pandemic a central part of his campaign, and there were reminders all around him of the difficult circumstances the nation faces. Attendees had their chairs spaced out in an effort at social distancing

Biden made the coronavirus pandemic a central part of his campaign, and there were reminders all around him of the difficult circumstances the nation faces. Attendees had their chairs spaced out in an effort at social distancing

Biden and Dr. Jill Biden arrive in the Crypt of the US Capitol for Biden's inauguration ceremony to be the 46th President of the United States

Biden and Dr. Jill Biden arrive in the Crypt of the US Capitol for Biden’s inauguration ceremony to be the 46th President of the United States

Supporters of President Joseph Biden celebrate as they listen to him speak during the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Supporters of President Joseph Biden celebrate as they listen to him speak during the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Supporters of U.S. President Joe Biden celebrate after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

Supporters of U.S. President Joe Biden celebrate after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

Hunter Biden and Ashley Biden arrive before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States

Hunter Biden and Ashley Biden arrive before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States

Former President Barack Obama and former First lady Michele Obama arrive at the U.S. Capitol for Wednesday's inauguration

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are seen arriving at the Capitol for Joe Biden's inauguration

Former President Barack Obama and former First lady Michele Obama, Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are seen arriving at the Capitol for Joe Biden’s inauguration 

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura are seen before US president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura are seen before US president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in

A general view as attendees arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday

A general view as attendees arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday 

General view of audience during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States

General view of audience during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States

Trump’s contempt for Obama and birther claims helped fuel the president’s rise. Also there was former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush. Bush had been astonished by some of Trump’s rhetoric at Trump’s inaugural address four years ago, and his own dynasty fell victim to Trump’s political attacks on his brother, Jeb.

During the day’s events, a series of speakers pointed to the Capitol riot, praising the peaceful transition in a capitol locked down by 25,000 National Guard forces brought in to maintain security.

‘This is the day when our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust, and does what it always does,’ said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), one of a bevy of Democrats Biden defeated in his road to the White House.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri noted that there was ‘one political party more pleased today’ just as ‘on every inaugural day’ – than the other.

Biden had lined up other gestures to demonstrate unity of purpose – and his own firm control of the government after Trump spent months calling the election ‘rigged’ and claiming he had won.

After attending mass with Republican and Democratic leaders, Biden planned to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. He was to be accompanied by predecessors Obama, Bush, and Clinton.

His return to the White House would also reestablish norms. After Trump has been out of sight for days, releasing canned video farewell remarks, Biden was to allow reporters into the Oval Office when he signed orders.

His new White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, was to hold an on-camera briefing Wednesday night.  

Earlier that morning, Biden orchestrated a demonstration of faith and political power before he took the oath of office – attending mass with congressional leaders from both parties.

Biden and the powerbrokers who will help steer or stall his agenda joined for the service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where funeral services were held for President John F. Kenned in 1963. 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 - snubbing Biden's inauguration

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 – snubbing Biden’s inauguration 

Trump gives his farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base in the last hours of his Presidency. He said it had been an ‘honor and a privilege’ 

The pair spoke briefly to the media before they boarded Marine One. Trump will give a lengthier speech at Joint Base Andrews

The pair spoke briefly to the media before they boarded Marine One. Trump will give a lengthier speech at Joint Base Andrews

They met in a city under heavy military guard amid security threats following the MAGA riots January 6.

He was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Tuesday that President Trump ‘provoked’ the crowd that ransacked the Capitol and has not said how he will vote on impeachment. Also joining was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who reportedly infuriated Trump with his remarks on the floor of the House where he blasted Trump’s conduct but still voted not to impeach him.

McCarthy was one of the more than 100 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. ‘The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack by mob rioters,’ Mr. McCarthy said on the House floor Wednesday. ‘What we saw last week was not the American way. Neither is the continued rhetoric that Joe Biden is not the legitimate president.’

He was also joined by Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump may have been an accessory to murder through his actions connected to the MAGA riot at the Capitol, and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, who will oversee Trump’s impeachment after he leaves.

His visit came just minutes after President Donald Trump departed the White House and stepped aboard Marine One for the last time – without engaging in any of the brash ‘chopper talk’ with the press that had become his trademark. Instead, the president flew to a staged rally on a military base where Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner other family members and other remaining supporters gathered. Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ was playing when Trump landed. 

Biden will be the nation’s second Catholic president. The cathedral is just blocks away from the White House – although getting there would require circumventing a massive security presence with fencing and members of the 25,000 strong National Guard force protecting the city.

The demonstration of unity – a prelude to what was set to occur at the West Front of the Capitol – separated the powerful lawmakers who remain from President Trump, who set up his own separate departure while skipping many of the traditional gestures of continuity. Trump didn’t host Biden at the the White House; the first lady didn’t host Dr. Jill Biden; Trump skipped the inauguration altogether and left Washington before Biden was to take office.

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, departed Blair House across the street from the White House just after Trump wrapped up remarks to his family and supporters at Joint Base Andrews, telling them: ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon.’

The Bidens traveled by motorcade to St. Matthews. He has regularly attended mass during the campaign and during the transition.

Biden wore a mask – as he seeks to mobilize Americans to mask-up for 100 days to try to stem the spread of infection.

Biden’s act of ritual and supplication came after the Bidens and President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff on Tuesday attended a memorial to the 400,000 victims of the coronavirus at the Lincoln Memorial. 

In the split-screen coverage of the transition brought on by Trump’s failure to linger, while the Bidens were gathered inside the cathedral for mass, Air Force One took off with Trump’s rally soundtrack playing Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’  

Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration at the Capitol

Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration at the Capitol 

As seen from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, preparations are made before the inauguration of Joe Biden

As seen from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, preparations are made before the inauguration of Joe Biden 

Just two weeks ago to the day, the Capitol was the target of violence and unrest. Today it will be the backdrop for a new president

Just two weeks ago to the day, the Capitol was the target of violence and unrest. Today it will be the backdrop for a new president 

A-Rod and Lady Gaga were seen arriving at the inauguration. Lady Gaga will be performing, as well as A-Rod's fiancee Jennifer Lopez

A-Rod and Lady Gaga were seen arriving at the inauguration. Lady Gaga will be performing, as well as A-Rod's fiancee Jennifer Lopez

A-Rod and Lady Gaga were seen arriving at the inauguration. Lady Gaga will be performing, as well as A-Rod’s fiancee Jennifer Lopez 

Donald Trump vowed ‘we will be back – in some form’ as he left Washington D.C. for the last time Wednesday, flying off on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago to snub Joe Biden – then claiming credit in advance for the new administration’s success.

‘Have a good life,’ he told a crowd of a few hundred supporters at Joint Base Andrews, after listing his ‘achievements’ in a speech which began after a 21-gun salute.

In the front row, Ivanka Trump cried, while behind the maskless crowd chanted ‘thank you Trump,’ before the first family climbed the stairs to Air Force One for the final time. 

The military ceremony had the atmosphere of a Trump rally: Gloria was played as Air Force One taxied, and then the YMCA as Trump hugged and kissed his children.

‘We love you. We will be back in some form,’ he told the crowd of cheering supporters before signing off: ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon.’  

The farewell resembled one of Trump’s infamous campaign rallies, ending with ‘YMCA’ – the song Trump would depart to – as supporters cheered ‘USA, USA, USA.’

The president paused at times in his remarks. While he did not show tears, he appeared to feel the weight of the occasion while taking time to enjoy the final moments of his time in office. He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.

‘Hail to Chief’ played as Trump and Melania – who was wearing a Chanel jacket, sunglasses and carrying a $60,000 black crocodile Hermes Birkin bag – walked from Marine One to the platform where the president addressed the crowd. 

‘We love you,’ the supporters yelled as Trump took the stage after arriving while his children watched on proudly. 

‘We accomplished a lot,’ Trump said. ‘We worked hard. We left it all – as the athletes would say – we left it in the field.’   

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden 

President-elect Joe Biden his greeted by former President Barrack Obama

President-elect Joe Biden his greeted by former President Barrack Obama

Jill Biden, wife of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S

Jill Biden, wife of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S

Harris and Douglas Emhoff arrive at the United States Capitol for the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President

Harris and Douglas Emhoff arrive at the United States Capitol for the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, US President-elect Joe Biden arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, US President-elect Joe Biden arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President

Donald Trump left the White House on Marine One for the final time Wednesday, pumping his fist and giving a thumbs-up as he walked with Melania to the start of a new life. 

The only people gathered outside to wish him goodbye were the press, to whom he briefly spoke to them before getting on board.

In a glaring split-screen moment defining the end of the Trump years, Joe Biden was about to leave Blair House, the White House’s official guest house, to go to mass with his wife Jill and Congressional leaders.

Trump was flying to Joint Base Andrews to speak in front of Air Force One to a small crowd of supporters. 

The pair stopped briefly to speak to the media before they boarded the helicopter with a stream of staffers hurrying behind them. Melania was dressed in all black and wore sunglasses. 

Trump’s early departure for Florida has caused a logistical and security nightmare since he is taking with him the nuclear codes. They will then be flown back to DC to be handed over to Biden this afternoon. 

On Tuesday night, Trump made one of his final acts in office granting pardons to dozens of rappers, millionaires and strategists, including his old friend Steve Bannon. 

As he makes his way to Florida on Wednesday morning, Biden will begin his day by attending mass with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He will then watch stars including Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga serenade him on the Captiol before delivering his address to the nation and being sworn in.  

This year, due to the ongoing pandemic and fears of a security threat, the mall – where thousands normally line up to greet the new President and First Lady – will be closed to the public.  

A smaller-than-usual crowd of guests including former Presidents and lawmakers will attend the inauguration ceremony in a socially-distanced manner instead.   

Donald and Melania Trump leave the White House on Wednesday morning for the last time to be taken to Air Force One 

Marine One lands at the White House to collect President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for the last time to take them to Joint Base Andrews where they will board Air Force Once to fly to Mar-a-Lago ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Marine One lands at the White House to collect President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for the last time to take them to Joint Base Andrews where they will board Air Force Once to fly to Mar-a-Lago ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration 

A moving truck drives away from the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, on Wednesday January 20

A moving truck drives away from the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, on Wednesday January 20 

Aids carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Aids carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

White House staff members carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

White House staff members carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

The White House was plunged mostly in darkness on Wednesday morning as the Trumps moved out ahead of Biden's inauguration

The White House was plunged mostly in darkness on Wednesday morning as the Trumps moved out ahead of Biden’s inauguration  

The only lights on were in the Residence and parts of the West Wing, where movers were seen loading up trucks

The only lights on were in the Residence and parts of the West Wing, where movers were seen loading up trucks

Some staffers were seen working at the White House before the sun rose on Wednesday morning

Some staffers were seen working at the White House before the sun rose on Wednesday morning 

The empty office of the White House press secretary is empty in the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington

The empty office of the White House press secretary is empty in the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington

In the Lower Press Office, staffers left behind magazines with Trump on the cover

In the Lower Press Office, staffers left behind magazines with Trump on the cover 

A keyboard and mouse are wrapped in plastic waiting for the new Press Secretary on Wednesday morning

A keyboard and mouse are wrapped in plastic waiting for the new Press Secretary on Wednesday morning 

A newspaper addressed to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lies on a table in an empty Upper Press Office area prior to U.S. President Donald Trump's departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden

A newspaper addressed to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lies on a table in an empty Upper Press Office area prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden

The office of the White House press secretary sits empty prior to U.S. President Donald Trump's departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2021

The office of the White House press secretary sits empty prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2021

 

In place: The red carpet is laid down at the steps to Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews for the flight to Mar-a-Lago

In place: The red carpet is laid down at the steps to Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews for the flight to Mar-a-Lago

Trump PARDONS Steve Bannon: President grants clemency to 143 people including White House strategist who ‘defrauded MAGA fans out of $25M’, Lil Wayne, Kodak Black and convicted politicians

Donald Trump has granted clemency to Steve Bannon as part of a wave of 143 pardons and commutations announced early Wednesday morning during the president’s final hours in office.

Bannon, 67, helped Trump win the election in 2016 and was a senior White House adviser. In August last year he pleaded not guilty to charges that he defrauded MAGA donors to ‘We Build the Wall,’ an online campaign that raised $25 million.

Pardoning Bannon in a list that dropped shortly after midnight the White House said: ‘President Trump granted a full pardon to Stephen Bannon. Prosecutors pursued Mr. Bannon with charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project.

Donald Trump  has pardoned Steve Bannon. The former White House Chief Strategist, center, exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20 last year after he was accused of defrauding donors in a $25 million border wall fundraising campaign

Donald Trump  has pardoned Steve Bannon. The former White House Chief Strategist, center, exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20 last year after he was accused of defrauding donors in a $25 million border wall fundraising campaign

‘Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen.’

The top names on Trump’s pardon list 

STEVE BANNON – Former Trump strategist who was charged with swindling the president’s supporters in a fundraising bid for the infamous Mexico border wall 

LIL WAYNE – Rapper who had voiced support for Trump and faced up to 10 years in prison for illegally possessing a .45 caliber handgun 

KODAK BLACK – Rapper who was serving a nearly four-year prison term for making a false statement to buy a firearm. Received a commutation rather than a pardon

KWAME KILPATRICK – Detroit mayor from 2002-08 who had his 28-year prison sentence on corruption charges commuted by Trump   

KENNETH KURSON – Friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner who was charged with cyberstalking during a heated divorce 

ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI – Google self-driving car engineer who faced prison for stealing 14,000 files of trade secrets before moving to Uber 

ELLIOTT BROIDY – GOP fundraiser who pleaded guilty in a scheme to lobby the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the looting of a Malaysian wealth fund 

MICHAEL ‘HARRY O’ HARRIS – Founder of Death Row Records who had served 30 years for conspiracy to commit murder. Had his sentence commuted 

RICK RENZI – GOP congressman from Arizona 2003-09, served three years in prison for corruption, money laundering and other charges

DUKE CUNNINGHAM – California GOP congressman 1991-2005, served prison time for accepting $2.4million in bribes from defense contractors

ROBIN HAYES – GOP congressman from North Carolina 1999-2009, convicted of lying to FBI agents during a bribery investigation   

And some of those not on the list…

JULIAN ASSANGE – Wikileaks founder facing 18 charges over release of military and diplomatic secrets 

RUDY GIULIANI – Trump’s personal lawyer who had spearheaded efforts to defy the election result 

JOE EXOTIC – Zookeeper and subject of Netflix series ‘Tiger King’ who hired a hitman to try to kill a rival

DONALD TRUMP – The president had boasted he could pardon himself, but legal scholars thought it doubtful. There were also no pardons for Trump relatives 

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Trump has also pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black who were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges.

He will also pardon Elliott Broidy, a former top fundraiser for Trump who pleaded guilty last year to violating foreign lobbying laws, Ken Kurson, a friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner who was charged last October with cyberstalking during a heated divorce and Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing the internet giant’s self-driving car files ahead of joining Uber.

But notable names not on the list were Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Tiger King’s Joe Exotic, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani or any members of the Trump family, all of whom were rumored to be under consideration.

It also ended years of speculation that Trump would try to immunize himself, an unprecedented and legally questionable step which he had previously claimed he had the power to take.

The list was issued just hours before Trump leaves the White House for the last time and the pardon power, nuclear codes and other trappings of the presidency are transferred to Joe Biden, who will take the oath of office at noon Eastern time.

Leaving under the cloud of a second impeachment and the riot he provoked at the Capitol two weeks ago, Trump wished luck to the new administration in a ‘farewell address’ last night but did not mention Biden by name and still has not accepted in public that he legitimately lost the election.

Bannon had fallen out with Trump after he was quoted calling the president’s son Don Jr. ‘treasonous’ and his daughter Ivanka ‘dumb as a brick’. Trump said then: ‘Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency.’

But the two men have since rekindled their relationship as Trump sought support for his unproven claims of voter fraud, an official familiar with the situation said. White House officials are said to have advised Trump against pardoning Bannon.

Bannon can still be charged in state court in New York, where a pardon would not help him, said Daniel R. Alonso, a former prosecutor now at the Buckley law firm. Fraud prosecutions are frequently brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Alonso said.

‘Steve Bannon is getting a pardon from Trump after defrauding Trump’s own supporters into paying for a wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for,’ Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said on Twitter. ‘And if that all sounds crazy, that’s because it is. Thank God we have only 12 more hours of this den of thieves.’

Bannon was in August last year pulled from a luxury yacht and arrested on allegations that he and three associates ripped off donors trying to fund a southern border wall.

The organizers of the ‘We Build The Wall’ group portrayed themselves as eager to help the president build a ‘big beautiful’ barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, as he promised during the 2016 campaign.

They raised more than $25million from thousands of donors and pledged that 100% of the money would be used for the project.

But according to the criminal charges, much of the money never made it to the wall. Instead, it was used to line the pockets of group members, including Bannon, who served in Trump’s White House and worked for his campaign.

He allegedly took over $1 million, using some to secretly pay co-defendant Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who lost both legs in a mortar attack in Iraq and the founder of the project, and to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses. 

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Thieves Looted Another Balenciaga Boutique In New York In Less Than A Month | The State

Thieves broke the glass door and robbed the luxury brand Balenciaga’s flagship store in NYC’s Midtown East early yesterday morning, less than a month after a mass theft at another SoHo branch.

About eight or nine men violated the entrance to the store at 620 Madison Avenue, near East 59th Street, around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police had not confirmed until yesterday afternoon the exact value of the stolen items. No arrests had been announced either.

NYPD investigators were seen in the store yesterday, crossing the entrance with the glass completely smashed, he described New York Post.

Less than a month ago, in late December, six thieves stole more than $ 60,000 worth of luxury handbags from the Balenciaga store in SoHo (NYC), in a blatant heist in broad daylight.

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Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama wear purple for Inauguration Day

Kamala Harris looked regal in a purple coat by black designer Christopher John Rogers as she was sworn in as Vice President at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, making history as the the first female and first black and south Asian to do so. 

The 56-year-old, who was joined by her husband Doug Emhoff, wore the eye-catching coat over a matching purple dress. She topped off the look with a custom pearl necklace by Puerto Rican designer Wilfredo Rosado, black leather gloves, sheer tights, and a mask. 

Harris’ ‘bipartisan’ color choice set the tone of the day, with former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton also donning shades of the royal hue.   

Stylish statement: Kamala Harris, 56, looked elegant in a purple coat by black designer Christopher John Rogers when she arrived at the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday with her husband Doug Emhoff

Message of unity: Purple is seen as a bipartisan color as it's a mix of both red and blue

Message of unity: Purple is seen as a bipartisan color as it’s a mix of both red and blue 

Matching: Both Michelle Obama (pictured) and Hillary Clinton wore shades of purple to the inauguration

Matching: Both Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton (pictured) wore shades of purple to the inauguration

Matching: Both Michelle Obama (left and Hillary Clinton (right) wore shades of purple to the inauguration 

Purple is traditionally recognized as a sign of bipartisanship as it’s a mix of both red and blue, according to The Hill. 

Mrs. Obama, who was joined by her husband, former President Barack Obama, cut a stylish figure in a head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson. The 57-year-old wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants — all in the same deep shade. 

She topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle that pulled the outfit together. Her dark hair was worn down in loose curls, and she had on a black face mask that matched her heeled boots and leather gloves. 

Mrs. Obama’s tailor Christy Rilling told DailyMail.com that fit was the main focus when preparing her Inauguration Day outfit. 

‘On such important events like today we always consider the tailoring to be the top priority,’ the New York-based couturier said. ‘It’s the best magic trick to make you look flawless on camera just like Mrs. Obama showed again today.’    

Icon: Taking a cute from Harris, Mrs. Obama cut a stylish figure in head-to-toe plum at the inauguration

Icon: Taking a cute from Harris, Mrs. Obama cut a stylish figure in head-to-toe plum at the inauguration

Monochrome: Mrs. Obama wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants by Sergio Hudson

Monochrome: Mrs. Obama wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting turtleneck and wide-leg pants by Sergio Hudson

Fit like a glove: Mrs. Obama's tailor, Christy Rilling, told DailyMail.com that tailoring the outfit was their 'top priority'

Fit like a glove: Mrs. Obama’s tailor, Christy Rilling, told DailyMail.com that tailoring the outfit was their ‘top priority’

Added touch: The former First Lady topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle

Added touch: The former First Lady topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle

Hairdo: : Mrs. Obama's dark hair was sided-parted and styled in loose curls for the swearing-in ceremony

Hairdo: : Mrs. Obama’s dark hair was sided-parted and styled in loose curls for the swearing-in ceremony 

Affectionate: The Obamas held hands at they arrived at the historic event together

Affectionate: The Obamas held hands at they arrived at the historic event together 

Rilling added: ‘We have been working on it little by little for the last couple of months  — but of course, as always, there are last minute tweaks that usually go into the early hours of the a.m.’ 

Purple appeared to be the color of the day as Mrs. Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf. To keep warm, the former secretary of state also wore a dark wool coat over her suit. 

Like Mrs. Obama, she had on a black mask that matched her gloves and shoes as she arrived with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. 

Mrs. Clinton told the Capitol Hill press pool that she wore ‘purple with a purpose.’  

‘I knew the theme President Biden was striking was unity and I thought if you combined red and blue, the way that we are divided politically in our country, you get purple,’ she said with a laugh. ‘So I want to just to send a bit of a symbolic message that we need to come together.’

While Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton’s looks complemented Ms. Harris’ outfit of choice, Mrs. Bush matched Mrs. Biden, who dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian.     

Making a statement: Hillary Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf, which she paired with a dark wool coat to keep warm

Making a statement: Hillary Clinton, 73, donned a bright purple suit and matching scarf, which she paired with a dark wool coat to keep warm

Together: The former secretary of state was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton

Together: The former secretary of state was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton 

Feeling good: Mrs. Clint gave a cheerful wave as they arrived at the West Front o the U.S. Capitol

Feeling good: Mrs. Clint gave a cheerful wave as they arrived at the West Front o the U.S. Capitol 

Keeping warm: Mrs. Clinton was bundled up in a scarf that matched her suit and black suede gloves

Keeping warm: Mrs. Clinton was bundled up in a scarf that matched her suit and black suede gloves 

First Ladylike: Laura Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights for the occasion

First Ladylike: Laura Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights for the occasion 

Arm-in-arm: Mrs. Bush arrived at the U.S. Capitol with her husband, former President George W. Bush

Arm-in-arm: Mrs. Bush arrived at the U.S. Capitol with her husband, former President George W. Bush 

Important accessory: The former First Lady carried a slate gray leather purse that matched her dress

Important accessory: The former First Lady carried a slate gray leather purse that matched her dress 

Complementary couple: The Bushes were arm-in-arm when they arrived at the inauguration, with his light blue tie matching his wife's coat

Complementary couple: The Bushes were arm-in-arm when they arrived at the inauguration, with his light blue tie matching his wife’s coat

Mrs. Bush, 74, wore a powder blue coat with a dark lapel over a slate-gray dress and sheer tights. She accessorized the look with a long silver ball necklace, a light gray mask, and flats. 

The top button of her coat was buttoned, and she carried a small gray leather handbag that perfectly matched her dress as she walked arm-in-arm with her husband, former President George W. Bush. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 80, also stood out in a shade of blue. She stood out in a cheery teal coat, which she wore over a white dress. Her scarf and heels matched her coat, while her patterned mask and gloves matched the buttons on her coat. 

Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, turning their backs on their successors in a gesture unseen since 1869. However, she got in one last sartorial look at the White House. 

She was seen boarding Marine One on the South Lawn in a somber all-black outfit that featured a Chanel jacket priced at over $5,600, a pair of $795 Christian Louboutin heels, and a black crocodile Hermes Birkin worth more than $70,000.    

All eyes on her: First Lady Jill Biden dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O'Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian

All eyes on her: First Lady Jill Biden dazzled in an ocean blue tweed coat and dress by New York-based designer Alexandra O’Neill, the founder and creative director of Markarian

Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen chose to stay and watch Biden be sworn in, but she took a cue from Mrs. Trump and wore all black. 

Mrs. Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black tights, black heels, black leather gloves, and a black face mask. 

Guests on the inaugural platform on the West Front of the Capitol talked and mingled on the cold, Washington D.C. day while they waited for the ceremony to begin. It was windy and in the 40s. A light snow fell on the Capitol and waiting guests.

They wore face masks and bundled up against the cold in coats, gloves, and scarves. 

Bucking tradition: Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but she got in one last sartorial look as she left the White House in an all-black outfit

Bucking tradition: Outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania skipped the inauguration and flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but she got in one last sartorial look as she left the White House in an all-black outfit 

Someber: Outgoing Second Lady Karen Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black heels, black leather gloves, and a black face mask

Someber: Outgoing Second Lady Karen Pence, 64, sported a black wool coat over a dark skirt suit, which she paired with black heels, black leather gloves, and a black face mask

Breezy: Mrs. Pence's hair whipped in the wind as she arrived at the inauguration with her husband

Breezy: Mrs. Pence’s hair whipped in the wind as she arrived at the inauguration with her husband 

United front: The couple held hands as they walked down the stairs together

United front: The couple held hands as they walked down the stairs together 

Looks: The Obamas matched in their full-length coats, though the former President opted for classic black

Looks: The Obamas matched in their full-length coats, though the former President opted for classic black 

Catching up: Bush chatted with Nancy Pelosi and the Obamas while they waited for the swearing-in ceremony to start

Catching up: Bush chatted with Nancy Pelosi and the Obamas while they waited for the swearing-in ceremony to start

Saying hi: Mrs. Obama gave Biden's granddaughter Finnegan Biden a warm hug

Saying hi: Mrs. Obama gave Biden’s granddaughter Finnegan Biden a warm hug 

Former President Obama walked around saying hello to guests, including baseball player Alex Rodriguez, the husband of Jennifer Lopez. Lopez is performing in the ceremony. He also nodded to Pence and took a photo of Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff when they walked by him as they entered the platform. 

Most members of the Supreme Court were there, including Trump-appointed justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. 

Biden, 78, was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the steps of the Capitol 11 minutes early on Wednesday. 

When he addressed the country for the first time as President, he declared to the nation that ‘democracy has prevailed’ — after a chaotic transition where his predecessor denied his election win and never congratulated him.

Joyous occasion: The Obamas fist-bumped Harris and her husband when they walked by

Joyous occasion: The Obamas fist-bumped Harris and her husband when they walked by 

Socially distanced: The seats were spaced apart with the Obamas right next to the Bushes

Socially distanced: The seats were spaced apart with the Obamas right next to the Bushes 

New era: Biden raised his hand and took an oath to 'preserve, protect, and defend' the Constitution on Wednesday — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump

New era: Biden raised his hand and took an oath to ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ the Constitution on Wednesday — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump

Words: 'The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,' Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks

Words: ‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks 

‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for President in its tracks.

He added: ‘We’ve learned again that democracy’s precious, democracy’s fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.’

After the contentious contest, in which Trump falsely accused him of stealing the election, Biden paid tribute to the peaceful transfer of power and the resilience of American democracy.

‘This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day a day of history and hope, of renewal, and resolve, for crucible for the ages America has tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate not a candidate, but a cause, the cause of democracy,’ he noted.

Sweet moment: The Bidens shared a kiss after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol

Sweet moment: The Bidens shared a kiss after he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol 

Taking oath: Harris made history as the first female and first black and south Asian Vice President when she was sworn in

Taking oath: Harris made history as the first female and first black and south Asian Vice President when she was sworn in

Incredible bond: Harris had a bright smile on her face as she and Biden bumped fists during the inauguration

Incredible bond: Harris had a bright smile on her face as she and Biden bumped fists during the inauguration  

Starstruck: Jennifer Lopez excitedly greeted Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration

Starstruck: Jennifer Lopez excitedly greeted Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration

Biden thanked his predecessors of both parties for being at his swearing-in. 

‘I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart,’ Biden said, adding he had spoken to former President Jimmy Carter on the phone the night before. Carter did not attend for safety reasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden also acknowledged the attack that took place on the Capitol two weeks ago, when a pro-Trump mob interrupted the certification of his victory.

‘Now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the capital’s very foundation. We come together under one nation, under God, indivisible, to transfer the peaceful power as we have for two centuries,’ he said.

Biden gave his inaugural remarks after history-making Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in, with the oldest person to become president taking an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution — starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Trump. 

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Attempted murder in the New York Subway: Hispanic accused of pushing another passenger onto the tracks | The State

Constant violence in the subway

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Linda Chávez was arrested on suspicion of having pushed another woman onto a train that was approaching the Lexington Avenue / 59th St station of the New York Subway, next to the famous Bloomingdale’s store.

Apparently it was another of the violent random acts that have become common in the subway, because there was no connection between the two women. The 33-year-old suspect was charged with attempted murder, authorities said this morning.

Chávez (33), Queens resident She was arrested at the scene where she allegedly pushed the 31-year-old victim onto a Line 6 train arriving at the Midtown East station around 5:40 p.m. yesterday.

The passenger struck the first car of the train and fell onto the platform, miraculously suffering only an injury to her arm. Was hospitalized in stable condition, reported New York Post.

The violence and “mental health crisis” that the city is experiencing are wreaking havoc on the transportation system, recently denounced the city’s transit chief (NYC Transit), Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Kamala Harris makes history by becoming the first female vice president of the United States under the guidance of Puerto Rican judge Sonia Sotomayor | The State

Kamala Harris was sworn in before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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Kamala harris officially became America’s first female vice president after swearing to the position before the judge of Puerto Rican origin of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.

At about 11:40 a.m., Sotomayor, the first Latina judge in the highest judicial forum in the United States, took the swearing in of Harris.

“I solemnly swear that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will keep a real faith in this same ”, indicated Harris following Sotomayor’s directions.

The former California senator who resigned on Monday was sworn in as vice president shortly before she Joe biden did the same as president, in front of the head of the Supreme Court, the conservative Justice John Roberts.

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Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States. (Getty Images)
Kamala Harris sworn in as US Vice President
Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president of the United States before Puerto Rican judge Sonia Sotomayor. (Getty Images)
Attorney Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ husband, accompanied her as she was sworn in.
Kamala Harris sworn in as US Vice President
Harris swore with his hand on top of two Bibles, as is tradition.

An unprecedented moment

The moment will go down in history as one without precedent for several reasons.

First, Harris became the first female vice president in American history, in addition to being the first African-American vice president with Asian roots.

On social media, users highlighted Harris’ milestone with posts that included the tag #KamalaHarrisMakingHistory (Kamala Harris making history).

Another outstanding fact of the process is that Sotomayor, from the liberal caucus of the highest forum, is also the first Latina woman of Puerto Rican origin to assume a position as a judge in the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor, born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, became the first Latina magistrate in that court in 2009 after being appointed by the Former African American President Barack Obama.

Currently, Sotomayor is one of the three progressive judges that make up the court.

Sotomayor is, after the death last September of the Judge Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg, the figure most admired by liberal leaders in the US Judicial Branch.

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Joe Biden shows where the real power lies as he attends mass with leaders from BOTH parties

President-elect Joe Biden orchestrated a demonstration of faith and political power before he took the oath of office – attending mass with congressional leaders from both parties.

Biden and the powerbrokers who will help steer or stall his agenda joined for the service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where funeral services were held for President John F. Kenned in 1963.

They met in a city under heavy military guard amid security threats following the MAGA riots January 6.

He was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Tuesday that President Trump ‘provoked’ the crowd that ransacked the Capitol and has not said how he will vote on impeachment. Also joining was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who reportedly infuriated Trump with his remarks on the floor of the House where he blasted Trump’s conduct but still voted not to impeach him.

McCarthy was one of the more than 100 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. ‘The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack by mob rioters,’ Mr. McCarthy said on the House floor Wednesday. ‘What we saw last week was not the American way. Neither is the continued rhetoric that Joe Biden is not the legitimate president.’

He was also joined by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump may have been an accessory to murder through his actions connected to the MAGA riot at the Capitol, and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, who will oversee Trump’s impeachment after he leaves.

His visit came just minutes after President Donald Trump departed the White House and stepped aboard Marine One for the last time – without engaging in any of the brash ‘chopper talk’ with the press that had become his trademark. Instead, the president flew to a staged rally on a military base where Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner other family members and other remaining supporters gathered. Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ was playing when Trump landed. 

President-elect Joe Biden orchestrated a demonstration of faith and political power before he took the oath of office – attending mass with congressional leaders from both parties

He was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff

He was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff

Biden's act of ritual and supplication came after the Bidens and President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff on Tuesday attended a memorial to the 400,000 victims of the coronavirus at the Lincoln Memorial

Biden’s act of ritual and supplication came after the Bidens and President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff on Tuesday attended a memorial to the 400,000 victims of the coronavirus at the Lincoln Memorial

Senate Minority Leader Chick Schumer (left), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former transportation secretary Elaine Chao attend services at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with Congressional leaders

Senate Minority Leader Chick Schumer (left), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former transportation secretary Elaine Chao attend services at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with Congressional leaders

Biden and the powerbrokers who will help steer or stall his agenda joined for the service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where funeral services were held for President John F. Kenned in 1963

Biden and the powerbrokers who will help steer or stall his agenda joined for the service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where funeral services were held for President John F. Kenned in 1963

Biden was joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul. Pelosi said Trump may have been an accessory to murder through his actions connected to the MAGA riot at the Capitol

Biden was joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul. Pelosi said Trump may have been an accessory to murder through his actions connected to the MAGA riot at the Capitol

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, departed Blair House across the street from the White House just after Trump wrapped up remarks to his family and supporters at Joint Base Andrews, telling them: 'Have a good life, we will see you soon'

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, departed Blair House across the street from the White House just after Trump wrapped up remarks to his family and supporters at Joint Base Andrews, telling them: ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon’

Biden will be the nation’s second Catholic president. The cathedral is just blocks away from the White House – although getting there would require circumventing a massive security presence with fencing and members of the 25,000 strong National Guard force protecting the city.

The demonstration of unity – a prelude to what was set to occur at the West Front of the Capitol – separated the powerful lawmakers who remain from President Trump, who set up his own separate departure while skipping many of the traditional gestures of continuity. Trump didn’t host Biden at the the White House; the first lady didn’t host Dr. Jill Biden; Trump skipped the inauguration altogether and left Washington before Biden was to take office.

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, departed Blair House across the street from the White House just after Trump wrapped up remarks to his family and supporters at Joint Base Andrews, telling them: ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon.’

The Bidens traveled by motorcade to St. Matthews. He has regularly attended mass during the campaign and during the transition.

Biden wore a mask – as he seeks to mobilize Americans to mask-up for 100 days to try to stem the spread of infection.

Biden’s act of ritual and supplication came after the Bidens and President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff on Tuesday attended a memorial to the 400,000 victims of the coronavirus at the Lincoln Memorial. 

In the split-screen coverage of the transition brought on by Trump’s failure to linger, while the Bidens were gathered inside the cathedral for mass, Air Force One took off with Trump’s rally soundtrack playing Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’  

Former President Barack Obama and former First lady Michele Obama arrive at the U.S. Capitol for Wednesday's inauguration

Former President Barack Obama and former First lady Michele Obama arrive at the U.S. Capitol for Wednesday’s inauguration 

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are seen arriving at the Capitol for Joe Biden's inauguration

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are seen arriving at the Capitol for Joe Biden’s inauguration 

A general view as attendees arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday

A general view as attendees arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday 

Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration at the Capitol

Members of the National Guard gather near the U.S. Capitol before the inauguration at the Capitol 

As seen from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, preparations are made before the inauguration of Joe Biden

As seen from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, preparations are made before the inauguration of Joe Biden 

Just two weeks ago to the day, the Capitol was the target of violence and unrest. Today it will be the backdrop for a new president

Just two weeks ago to the day, the Capitol was the target of violence and unrest. Today it will be the backdrop for a new president 

A-Rod and Lady Gaga were seen arriving at the inauguration. Lady Gaga will be performing, as well as A-Rod's fiancee Jennifer Lopez

A-Rod and Lady Gaga were seen arriving at the inauguration. Lady Gaga will be performing, as well as A-Rod's fiancee Jennifer Lopez

A-Rod and Lady Gaga were seen arriving at the inauguration. Lady Gaga will be performing, as well as A-Rod’s fiancee Jennifer Lopez 

Donald Trump vowed ‘we will be back – in some form’ as he left Washington D.C. for the last time Wednesday, flying off on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago to snub Joe Biden – then claiming credit in advance for the new administration’s success.

‘Have a good life,’ he told a crowd of a few hundred supporters at Joint Base Andrews, after listing his ‘achievements’ in a speech which began after a 21-gun salute.

In the front row, Ivanka Trump cried, while behind the maskless crowd chanted ‘thank you Trump,’ before the first family climbed the stairs to Air Force One for the final time. 

The military ceremony had the atmosphere of a Trump rally: Gloria was played as Air Force One taxied, and then the YMCA as Trump hugged and kissed his children.

‘We love you. We will be back in some form,’ he told the crowd of cheering supporters before signing off: ‘Have a good life, we will see you soon.’  

The farewell resembled one of Trump’s infamous campaign rallies, ending with ‘YMCA’ – the song Trump would depart to – as supporters cheered ‘USA, USA, USA.’

The president paused at times in his remarks. While he did not show tears, he appeared to feel the weight of the occasion while taking time to enjoy the final moments of his time in office. He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.

‘Hail to Chief’ played as Trump and Melania – who was wearing a Chanel jacket, sunglasses and carrying a $60,000 black crocodile Hermes Birkin bag – walked from Marine One to the platform where the president addressed the crowd. 

‘We love you,’ the supporters yelled as Trump took the stage after arriving while his children watched on proudly. 

‘We accomplished a lot,’ Trump said. ‘We worked hard. We left it all – as the athletes would say – we left it in the field.’   

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Trump gives his farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base in the last hours of his Presidency. He said it had been an 'honor and a privilege'

Trump gives his farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base in the last hours of his Presidency. He said it had been an ‘honor and a privilege’ 

Trump gives his farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base in the last hours of his Presidency. He said it had been an ‘honor and a privilege’ 

Donald Trump flies to Florida from Joint Base Andrews after a turbulent end to his presidency

Donald Trump flies to Florida from Joint Base Andrews after a turbulent end to his presidency

Donald Trump left the White House on Marine One for the final time Wednesday, pumping his fist and giving a thumbs-up as he walked with Melania to the start of a new life. 

The only people gathered outside to wish him goodbye were the press, to whom he briefly spoke to them before getting on board.

In a glaring split-screen moment defining the end of the Trump years, Joe Biden was about to leave Blair House, the White House’s official guest house, to go to mass with his wife Jill and Congressional leaders.

Trump was flying to Joint Base Andrews to speak in front of Air Force One to a small crowd of supporters. 

The pair stopped briefly to speak to the media before they boarded the helicopter with a stream of staffers hurrying behind them. Melania was dressed in all black and wore sunglasses. 

Trump’s early departure for Florida has caused a logistical and security nightmare since he is taking with him the nuclear codes. They will then be flown back to DC to be handed over to Biden this afternoon. 

On Tuesday night, Trump made one of his final acts in office granting pardons to dozens of rappers, millionaires and strategists, including his old friend Steve Bannon. 

As he makes his way to Florida on Wednesday morning, Biden will begin his day by attending mass with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He will then watch stars including Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga serenade him on the Captiol before delivering his address to the nation and being sworn in.  

This year, due to the ongoing pandemic and fears of a security threat, the mall – where thousands normally line up to greet the new President and First Lady – will be closed to the public.  

A smaller-than-usual crowd of guests including former Presidents and lawmakers will attend the inauguration ceremony in a socially-distanced manner instead.   

Donald and Melania Trump leave the White House on Wednesday morning for the last time to be taken to Air Force One 

The pair spoke briefly to the media before they boarded Marine One. Trump will give a lengthier speech at Joint Base Andrews

The pair spoke briefly to the media before they boarded Marine One. Trump will give a lengthier speech at Joint Base Andrews

Marine One lands at the White House to collect President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for the last time to take them to Joint Base Andrews where they will board Air Force Once to fly to Mar-a-Lago ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Marine One lands at the White House to collect President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for the last time to take them to Joint Base Andrews where they will board Air Force Once to fly to Mar-a-Lago ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration 

Marine One flies by the Washington Monument on its way to the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021, for the departure of US President Donald Trump

Marine One flies by the Washington Monument on its way to the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021, for the departure of US President Donald Trump

A moving truck drives away from the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, on Wednesday January 20

A moving truck drives away from the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, on Wednesday January 20 

Aids carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Aids carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

White House staff members carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

White House staff members carry boxes to Marine One before President Donald Trump leaves the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

The White House was plunged mostly in darkness on Wednesday morning as the Trumps moved out ahead of Biden's inauguration

The White House was plunged mostly in darkness on Wednesday morning as the Trumps moved out ahead of Biden’s inauguration  

The only lights on were in the Residence and parts of the West Wing, where movers were seen loading up trucks

The only lights on were in the Residence and parts of the West Wing, where movers were seen loading up trucks

Some staffers were seen working at the White House before the sun rose on Wednesday morning

Some staffers were seen working at the White House before the sun rose on Wednesday morning 

The empty office of the White House press secretary is empty in the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington

The empty office of the White House press secretary is empty in the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington

In the Lower Press Office, staffers left behind magazines with Trump on the cover

In the Lower Press Office, staffers left behind magazines with Trump on the cover 

A keyboard and mouse are wrapped in plastic waiting for the new Press Secretary on Wednesday morning

A keyboard and mouse are wrapped in plastic waiting for the new Press Secretary on Wednesday morning 

A newspaper addressed to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lies on a table in an empty Upper Press Office area prior to U.S. President Donald Trump's departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden

A newspaper addressed to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lies on a table in an empty Upper Press Office area prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden

The office of the White House press secretary sits empty prior to U.S. President Donald Trump's departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2021

The office of the White House press secretary sits empty prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s departure ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2021

Joe Biden on Tueasday

Trump is expected to speak for a final time before he boards Air Force One at Andrews. Joe Biden is shown, right, on Tuesday 

The inaugural theme for this year’s ceremony, ‘America United’, aims to restore the ‘soul of America’, bring the nation together and create a ‘path to a brighter future’, according to the incoming administration. 

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has announced a series of events to be broadcast throughout Inauguration Day that Americans can watch live from home as people have been ordered to refrain from attending in person.

In lieu of the usual crowds, approximately 191,500 flags will cover the National Mall in honor of those unable to travel to Washington due to the pandemic.

Three hours before Biden will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. President, he will be attending mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with members of the House and Senate at 8:45am. 

Guests will then begin arriving on the steps of the Capitol at around 11am. 

Because of the ongoing pandemic, organizers have slashed attendance from 200,000 down to just 1,000 people.

Most members of Congress are expected to be in attendance (and have all been permitted plus-ones), as are three of the four living former presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. 

Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton, will also be present.

Roll out the red carpet one more time: Air Force members get ready for the last time the president will walk up the steps of Air Force One

Roll out the red carpet one more time: Air Force members get ready for the last time the president will walk up the steps of Air Force One

Last flight: Donald Trump can never again fly on Air Force One - the call sign is only used when the president is on board

Last flight: Donald Trump can never again fly on Air Force One – the call sign is only used when the president is on board

In place: The red carpet is laid down at the steps to Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews for the flight to Mar-a-Lago

In place: The red carpet is laid down at the steps to Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews for the flight to Mar-a-Lago

Honor guard ready: A military escort including soldiers and sailors waits beside the red carpet at Joint Base Andrews

Honor guard ready: A military escort including soldiers and sailors waits beside the red carpet at Joint Base Andrews 

All this will be Joe's: The next time Air Force One flies it will have the new president on board. The Air Force 747 will fly back from Mar-a-Lago after Biden is sworn in and be ready for him at Joint Base Andrews

All this will be Joe’s: The next time Air Force One flies it will have the new president on board. The Air Force 747 will fly back from Mar-a-Lago after Biden is sworn in and be ready for him at Joint Base Andrews

A Trump aide with a suitcase walks past the red carpet at Air Force One to head for the back steps

A Trump aide with a suitcase walks past the red carpet at Air Force One to head for the back steps

BIDEN-HARRIS INAUGURATION TIMELINE 

8:45am: Attend mass at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with members of Congress

10:30am: Biden, Harris and roughly 1,000 guests arrive at the East Front of the US Capitol

11:00am Ceremony will begin with an invocation by the Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, a Jesuit priest who is a close friend of the Biden family.

Andrea Hall, the first African American female firefighter to become captain of the Fire Rescue Department in South Fulton, Georgia, will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem.

Amanda Gorman, who became the country’s first Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, will read a poem she has written for the occasion called ‘The Hill We Climb.’

Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks also will perform.

12:00pm: Joe Biden is sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member of the Supreme Court. 

1:40pm: Biden and Harris review the readiness of military troops in a pass in review.

2:25pm: Biden, Harris and their spouses go to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

3:15pm: President Biden and VP Harris receive a Presidential Escort to the White House.

5:15pm: President Biden signs executive orders and other presidential actions.

5:45pm: Biden swears in Day One Presidential Appointees in a virtual ceremony.

Harris will also swear in three Democratic senators.

8:00pm: Biden and Harris attend the Celebrating America special, hosted by Tom Hanks, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington.

Performers include Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake.

 9:55pm: President Biden and Vice President Harris appear on the Blue Room Balcony.

President Trump will not be attending.

He confirmed his absence in a tweet earlier this month shortly before he was permanently suspended from the social media platform.

Instead, Trump will leave DC on Air Force One at around 8am, with his destination set for his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida. 

He is set to become the first president in more than a century to not attend his successor’s inauguration. Only three presidents have previously abstained, with the last, Andrew Johnson, coming in 1869.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, has confirmed he will be attending, along with his wife, Karen.   

President Trump will not be attending. He confirmed his absence in a tweet earlier this month shortly before he was permanently suspended from the social media platform.

Instead, Trump will leave DC on Air Force One at around 8am, with his destination set for his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.

He is set to become the first president in more than a century to not attend his successor’s inauguration. Only three presidents have previously abstained, with the last, Andrew Johnson, coming in 1869.

Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, has confirmed he will be attending, along with his wife, Karen.

The inauguration ceremony will commence with remarks from Father Leo J. O’Donovan, a longtime friend of the Biden family and former president of Georgetown University.

Andrea Hall, the first African American female firefighter to become captain of the Fire Rescue Department in South Fulton, Georgia, will then recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

A number of live performances are also scheduled to take place throughout the ceremony.

The first on the bill is Lady Gaga, who will sing the national anthem. The singer previously teamed with Biden on domestic violence issues during his two terms as Vice President and also campaigned for him in the 2020 election.

Amanda Gorman, who became the U.S.’s first Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, will then recite a poem she has written for the occasion, titled: ‘The Hill We Climb.’

Much like the incoming president, Gorman also once had a speech impediment that she has worked hard to overcome. 

She has also recently announced plans to run for president in 2036 – the first year in which she will be eligible.

Jennifer Lopez will then follow Gorman’s reading with a song, as will singer-songwriter Garth Brooks.

The performances with then conclude with a benediction from longtime Biden family friend, Rev. Silvester Beaman, of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office to Biden shortly after the clock strikes noon.

Biden will take the oath with his hand on top of his 127-year-old, five-inch-thick family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

Kamala Harris, the first woman, the first black and the first South Asian American vice president, will then take the oath immediately after.

Harris is due to be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to serve on the bench of the Supreme Court.

Like Harris, Sotomayor is a former prosecutor. She previously administered the oath to Biden when he was sworn in for his second term as Vice President in 2013.

Harris will be sworn in on two Bibles — one that belonged to a close family friend named Regina Shelton and another that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the country’s first African American Supreme Court Justice. 

Trump on Tuesday night granted sweeping pardons to his friends, rapper and millionaires, who have been charged for an array of crimes. 

Trump PARDONS Steve Bannon: President grants clemency to 143 people including White House strategist who ‘defrauded MAGA fans out of $25M’, Lil Wayne, Kodak Black and convicted politicians

Donald Trump has granted clemency to Steve Bannon as part of a wave of 143 pardons and commutations announced early Wednesday morning during the president’s final hours in office.

Bannon, 67, helped Trump win the election in 2016 and was a senior White House adviser. In August last year he pleaded not guilty to charges that he defrauded MAGA donors to ‘We Build the Wall,’ an online campaign that raised $25 million.

Pardoning Bannon in a list that dropped shortly after midnight the White House said: ‘President Trump granted a full pardon to Stephen Bannon. Prosecutors pursued Mr. Bannon with charges related to fraud stemming from his involvement in a political project.

Donald Trump  has pardoned Steve Bannon. The former White House Chief Strategist, center, exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20 last year after he was accused of defrauding donors in a $25 million border wall fundraising campaign

Donald Trump  has pardoned Steve Bannon. The former White House Chief Strategist, center, exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20 last year after he was accused of defrauding donors in a $25 million border wall fundraising campaign

‘Mr. Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen.’

The top names on Trump’s pardon list 

STEVE BANNON – Former Trump strategist who was charged with swindling the president’s supporters in a fundraising bid for the infamous Mexico border wall 

LIL WAYNE – Rapper who had voiced support for Trump and faced up to 10 years in prison for illegally possessing a .45 caliber handgun 

KODAK BLACK – Rapper who was serving a nearly four-year prison term for making a false statement to buy a firearm. Received a commutation rather than a pardon

KWAME KILPATRICK – Detroit mayor from 2002-08 who had his 28-year prison sentence on corruption charges commuted by Trump   

KENNETH KURSON – Friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner who was charged with cyberstalking during a heated divorce 

ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI – Google self-driving car engineer who faced prison for stealing 14,000 files of trade secrets before moving to Uber 

ELLIOTT BROIDY – GOP fundraiser who pleaded guilty in a scheme to lobby the Trump administration to drop an investigation into the looting of a Malaysian wealth fund 

MICHAEL ‘HARRY O’ HARRIS – Founder of Death Row Records who had served 30 years for conspiracy to commit murder. Had his sentence commuted 

RICK RENZI – GOP congressman from Arizona 2003-09, served three years in prison for corruption, money laundering and other charges

DUKE CUNNINGHAM – California GOP congressman 1991-2005, served prison time for accepting $2.4million in bribes from defense contractors

ROBIN HAYES – GOP congressman from North Carolina 1999-2009, convicted of lying to FBI agents during a bribery investigation   

And some of those not on the list…

JULIAN ASSANGE – Wikileaks founder facing 18 charges over release of military and diplomatic secrets 

RUDY GIULIANI – Trump’s personal lawyer who had spearheaded efforts to defy the election result 

JOE EXOTIC – Zookeeper and subject of Netflix series ‘Tiger King’ who hired a hitman to try to kill a rival

DONALD TRUMP – The president had boasted he could pardon himself, but legal scholars thought it doubtful. There were also no pardons for Trump relatives 

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Trump has also pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black who were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges.

He will also pardon Elliott Broidy, a former top fundraiser for Trump who pleaded guilty last year to violating foreign lobbying laws, Ken Kurson, a friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner who was charged last October with cyberstalking during a heated divorce and Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing the internet giant’s self-driving car files ahead of joining Uber.

But notable names not on the list were Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Tiger King’s Joe Exotic, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani or any members of the Trump family, all of whom were rumored to be under consideration.

It also ended years of speculation that Trump would try to immunize himself, an unprecedented and legally questionable step which he had previously claimed he had the power to take.

The list was issued just hours before Trump leaves the White House for the last time and the pardon power, nuclear codes and other trappings of the presidency are transferred to Joe Biden, who will take the oath of office at noon Eastern time.

Leaving under the cloud of a second impeachment and the riot he provoked at the Capitol two weeks ago, Trump wished luck to the new administration in a ‘farewell address’ last night but did not mention Biden by name and still has not accepted in public that he legitimately lost the election.

Bannon had fallen out with Trump after he was quoted calling the president’s son Don Jr. ‘treasonous’ and his daughter Ivanka ‘dumb as a brick’. Trump said then: ‘Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency.’

But the two men have since rekindled their relationship as Trump sought support for his unproven claims of voter fraud, an official familiar with the situation said. White House officials are said to have advised Trump against pardoning Bannon.

Bannon can still be charged in state court in New York, where a pardon would not help him, said Daniel R. Alonso, a former prosecutor now at the Buckley law firm. Fraud prosecutions are frequently brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Alonso said.

‘Steve Bannon is getting a pardon from Trump after defrauding Trump’s own supporters into paying for a wall that Trump promised Mexico would pay for,’ Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said on Twitter. ‘And if that all sounds crazy, that’s because it is. Thank God we have only 12 more hours of this den of thieves.’

Bannon was in August last year pulled from a luxury yacht and arrested on allegations that he and three associates ripped off donors trying to fund a southern border wall.

The organizers of the ‘We Build The Wall’ group portrayed themselves as eager to help the president build a ‘big beautiful’ barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, as he promised during the 2016 campaign.

They raised more than $25million from thousands of donors and pledged that 100% of the money would be used for the project.

But according to the criminal charges, much of the money never made it to the wall. Instead, it was used to line the pockets of group members, including Bannon, who served in Trump’s White House and worked for his campaign.

He allegedly took over $1 million, using some to secretly pay co-defendant Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who lost both legs in a mortar attack in Iraq and the founder of the project, and to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses. 

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“Traitorous” US Soldier Planned Terrorist Attacks in New York and the Middle East | The State

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Cole James Bridges, a young US Army soldier, was arrested yesterday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plots to blow up the New York 9/11 Memorial and other iconic sites and target military personnel. Americans in the Middle East.

Bridges (20), a native of Stow, Ohio, was indicted on charges of attempting to materially support a terrorist organization (the group Islamic State, ISIS) and attempted murder of a member of the military, reported Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

The suspect, aka Cole Gonzales, He was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, while communicating with the Islamic State online about terror plans. But unknowingly, an FBI agent participated in the talk when Bridges provided detailed tactical instructions, manuals and tips on how to attack the 9/11 memorial and other targets in NYC, Biase said.

“As we allege today, Bridges, a private in the US Army, betrayed our country and his unit when he conspired with someone he believed to be an ISIS sympathizer to help attack and kill American soldiers in the Middle East ”, said William F. Sweeney Jr., chief of the New York City FBI office.

“Fortunately, the person he contacted was an FBI employee and we were able to prevent his ill wishes from coming true,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Our troops risk their lives for our country, but they should never face such danger at the hands of one of their own,” condemned US Attorney Audrey Strauss.

Bridges is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Augusta, Georgia tomorrow Thursday, he reported. Fox News.

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Cold-blooded robbery left two homicides in New York | The State

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Chasity Cutway and David Host were arrested and face charges for a violent robbery that evolved into the fatal stabbing of two residents of Swan Lake (NY), 108 miles north of NYC.

The New York State Police (NYSP) said Cutway, 37, and Host, 32, are suspected of killing Glenn and Derek Travis, 41 and 18, at their home on the night of January 13.

According to the criminal complaints filed in the case, Host and Cutway illegally entered the Travis home with the intent to commit a robbery, armed with a knife, around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. Once inside, they caused two homicides with multiple stab wounds.

Prosecutors filed murder charges and also charged them with robbery and being armed with a knife. Authorities have not disclosed the relationship between the suspects or the victims, or whether the crimes were premeditated or circumstantial.

The Monticello Central School District released a statement in the killing of teenager Derek Travis, whom it identified as a Sullivan County student.

Host has three prior felony convictions, according to the Orange County Clerk’s website, detailed Record Online.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pray for the COVID dead as grim total passes 400,000 in US

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris used their first joint appearance in Washington D.C. Tuesday to mark the loss of more than 400,000 American lives to COVID – hours after the grim total was reached.

They both appeared with First Lady-in waiting Jill Biden and Second Gentleman-in waiting Doug Emhoff in a sign of their determination to change the tone from Donald Trump’s administration.

The ceremony was held in front of the Lincoln Memorial, to mark the illumination of 400 lights situated around the Reflecting Pool to pay tribute to the 400,000-plus Americans who have now lost their lives to COVID-19. 

‘To heal we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember. But that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation. That’s why we’re here today,’ Biden said. ‘Between sundown and dusk let us shine the lights in the darkness, along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all we lost.’

Behind him, the lights around the reflecting pool then turned on. 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris offered her own remarks before Biden. 

‘We gather tonight a nation in mourning to pay tribute to the lives we have lost,’ said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. ‘A grandmother or grandfather who was our whole world. A parent, partner, sibling or friend who we still cannot accept is no longer here.’

Alluding to President Donald Trump’s hands-off handling of the pandemic, the incoming VP said ‘for many months, we have grieved by ourselves.’

‘Tonight we grieve and begin healing. Tonight though we may be physically separated, we, the American people, are united in spirit,’ Harris said.

Gospel singer Yolanda Adams sang ‘Hallelujah.’ While Lori Marie Key, a nurse in Michigan who performed to her COVID-19 patients, sang ‘Amazing Grace.’

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris used their first joint appearance in Washington D.C. Tuesday to mark the loss of more than 400,000 American lives to COVID

400 lights around the Reflecting Pool were illuminated to pay tribute to the 400,000-plus Americans who have now lost their lives to COVID-19

400 lights around the Reflecting Pool were illuminated to pay tribute to the 400,000-plus Americans who have now lost their lives to COVID-19

'To heal we must remember. It's hard sometimes to remember. But that's how we heal. It's important to do that as a nation. That's why we're here today,' Biden said

‘To heal we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember. But that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation. That’s why we’re here today,’ Biden said

Buildings around the country were also illuminated to mark the moment, including in Biden's birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania

Buildings around the country were also illuminated to mark the moment, including in Biden’s birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania

Harris also offered her own remarks, in which she insisted the American people are 'united in spirit' as they gathered to mourn lost loved ones across the nation

Harris also offered her own remarks, in which she insisted the American people are ‘united in spirit’ as they gathered to mourn lost loved ones across the nation

More Americans have died from COVID-19 than those killed during World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined

An illuminated Reflecting Pool is seen in the above aerial image during Tuesday evening's ceremony

An illuminated Reflecting Pool is seen in the above aerial image during Tuesday evening’s ceremony 

Biden and Harris will be sworn in on Wednesday. The President-elect came straight from Joint Base Andrews with this family for the ceremony.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the Catholic Archbishop of Washington, opened the ceremony with a prayer for those lost to COVID.

‘At his twilight hour, our beloved nation reverently pauses in supplication to remember and to pray for the many thousands of people who have died from the coronavirus during this past year,’ Gregory said.

He noted that ‘we are all united in the sorrow that we recognize today.’

‘We pray for those who have died and the families and loved ones that they left behind,’ he said.

At previous inaugurations, the Lincoln has been used as a backdrop for celebratory affairs.

In 2017, on inauguration eve, Trump hosted a concert there featuring country star Toby Keith, as well as Lee Greenwood and Three Doors Down.

President Barack Obama used the Lincoln for a massive concert on January 18, 2009, featuring U2, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen. More than 400,000 people showed up for the event.

On Tuesday, however, police and National Guard troops were the only ones present.

There were empty streets and fenced off areas around the National Mall, as Biden’s motorcade from Joint Base Andrews weaved through to the Lincoln Memorial.

Members of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ family were spotted waiting for the event to begin, including her niece Meena with daughters Amara and Leela, all dressed in suffragette white.

Joe and Jill Biden huddle together to mourn the lost lives of more than 400,000 Americans on Tuesday night in DC

Joe and Jill Biden huddle together to mourn the lost lives of more than 400,000 Americans on Tuesday night in DC

With the Washington Monument in the background, President-elect Joe Biden with his wife Jill Biden listen to Cardinal Wilton Daniel Gregory speak

With the Washington Monument in the background, President-elect Joe Biden with his wife Jill Biden listen to Cardinal Wilton Daniel Gregory speak

On Tuesday, only police and National Guard troops were the only ones present at the event. In previous years, crowds of more than 400,000 have descended on DC for the inauguration concert

On Tuesday, only police and National Guard troops were the only ones present at the event. In previous years, crowds of more than 400,000 have descended on DC for the inauguration concert 

The Bidens hold hangs as they stare out over the Reflecting Pool during the memorial on Tuesday

The Bidens hold hangs as they stare out over the Reflecting Pool during the memorial on Tuesday

America's death toll is the highest in the world despite the country accounting for less than five percent of the global population

America’s death toll is the highest in the world despite the country accounting for less than five percent of the global population

Alluding to President Donald Trump’s hands off handling of the pandemic, incoming VP Harris said ‘for many months, we have grieved by ourselves’

Elsewhere in the United States, landmarks across the nation were also illuminated across Tuesday evening as part of the ceremony, including the Empire State building in New York City.  

‘Hundreds of towns, cities, tribes, landmarks, and communities all across the country have committed to joining the tribute in a national moment of unity,’ Biden’s inaugural committee said in a statement. 

Local officials from Miami, Florida, to San Diego, California, said buildings in their cities would be lit for the occasion.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City was inviting the public to light a candle on its front steps on Tuesday evening before a solemn bell toll.

The ceremony marks the beginning of a new era in the country’s battle against COVID-19 under Biden, who has pledged to make coronavirus relief a top priority when he takes office on Wednesday under unprecedented security measures in the nation’s capital.

In addition, instead of the usual Inauguration Day crowds, approximately 191,500 flags will cover the National Mall in honor of those unable to travel to Washington due to the pandemic.

Biden and Harris appeared with First Lady-in waiting Jill Biden and Second Gentleman-in waiting Doug Emhoff in a sign of their determination to change the tone from Donald Trump’s administration

Biden and Harris appeared with First Lady-in waiting Jill Biden and Second Gentleman-in waiting Doug Emhoff in a sign of their determination to change the tone from Donald Trump’s administration

President Barack Obama used the Lincoln for a massive concert on January 18, 2009, featuring U2, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen

President Barack Obama used the Lincoln for a massive concert on January 18, 2009, featuring U2, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen

From the Lincoln Memorial to the Empire State building (above), landmarks across the United States will be also illuminated across Tuesday evening

From the Lincoln Memorial to the Empire State building (above), landmarks across the United States will be also illuminated across Tuesday evening

Tuesday’s ceremony came just hours after the US reached a grim milestone by surpassing 400,000 coronavirus deaths, data from Johns Hopkins University revealed.

That figure is more than the number of Americans who died during World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined and nearly the same number who died in World War II 

To put into context, it is about the population of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tampa, Florida; or New Orleans. It is equivalent to the sea of humanity that was at Woodstock in 1969. 

It’s also almost exactly one year to the day since the first virus case was detected in Seattle on January 21. The first known deaths from the virus in the U.S. were in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California. 

America’s death toll is the highest in the world despite the country accounting for less than five percent of the global population.

More than 24.1 million people have been infected since the pandemic began. 

And the virus isn’t finished with the U.S. by any means. Even with the arrival of the vaccines, a widely cited model by the University of Washington projects the death toll will reach nearly 567,000 by May 1 of this year. 

While the Trump administration has been credited with Operation Warp Speed, the crash program to develop and distribute coronavirus vaccines, Trump repeatedly downplayed the threat, mocked masks and railed against lockdowns, promoted unproven and unsafe treatments, undercut scientific experts and expressed scant compassion for the victims.

Even his own bout with COVID-19 last year left him unchanged.

The White House defended the administration.

‘We grieve every single life lost to this pandemic, and thanks to the president’s leadership, Operation Warp Speed has led to the development of multiple safe and effective vaccines in record time, something many said would never happen,’ said White House spokesman Judd Deere.

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill are seen arriving for the memorial  on Tuesday evening

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill are seen arriving for the memorial  on Tuesday evening

Biden said: ‘Between sundown and dusk let us shine the lights in the darkness, along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all we lost’

Biden and Harris will be sworn in on Wednesday. The President-elect came straight from Joint Base Andrews with this family for the ceremony.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff attend a Covid-19 Memorial at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

Biden and Harris will be sworn in on Wednesday. The President-elect came straight from Joint Base Andrews with this family for the ceremony

US Secret Service special operations personnel stand post in the hours leading up to the event. The personnel are seen in the above image standing next to a sniper rifle

US Secret Service special operations personnel stand post in the hours leading up to the event. The personnel are seen in the above image standing next to a sniper rifle

Staff members clean the glass on a protective shield and the podium before President-elect Joe Biden speaks

Staff members clean the glass on a protective shield and the podium before President-elect Joe Biden speaks

The ceremony was held in front of the Lincoln Memorial, to mark the illumination of 400 lights situated around the Reflecting Pool to pay tribute to the 400,000-plus Americans who have now lost their lives to COVID-19

The ceremony was held in front of the Lincoln Memorial, to mark the illumination of 400 lights situated around the Reflecting Pool to pay tribute to the 400,000-plus Americans who have now lost their lives to COVID-19

National Guard soldiers patrol the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the COVID memorial on Tuesday afternoon

National Guard soldiers patrol the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the COVID memorial on Tuesday afternoon

President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Joint Base Andrews the day before he will be inaugurated

President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Joint Base Andrews the day before he will be inaugurated

On Tuesday, the United States surpassed 400,000 coronavirus deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, close to one year after the very first death was recorded

On Tuesday, the United States surpassed 400,000 coronavirus deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, close to one year after the very first death was recorded

Biden will inherit a grieving and sickened nation from Trump, who critics say was to blame for a disjointed and ineffectual response to the pandemic, resulting in the United States having the highest COVID-19 death toll in the world.

On Tuesday, his last full day as president, Trump had no public events scheduled, although U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was planning to convene the White House Coronavirus Task Force for its last meeting under his watch.

Many of Biden’s policy plans fly in the face of the Trump administration’s approach to combating the pandemic. 

They include a mask mandate that would apply to federal properties, planes and buses and a recommitment to the World Health Organization after Trump’s withdrawal from the agency.

Biden will also face the daunting task of overseeing the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration. 

The United States is trailing in its vaccination goal, with just 14.7 million Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, and only about 54 percent of vaccine doses distributed to states have been administered to people, according to data from Bloomberg.   

Some states like California are floundering with vaccination rollout, using a meager 40 percent of doses distributed to it. 

However, North Dakota is flying through the doses sent to it by the federal government, using 78 percent of its allotted doses and vaccinating just shy of seven percent of its population. 

States, tasked with rolling out their own vaccine programs, have lamented a lack of funding and support from the federal government. Some localities say they do not have adequate supply to meet demand.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday warned New York City will run out of vaccine doses as soon as Thursday and will be forced to cancel many appointments if it does not get resupplied quickly.

‘We will have literally nothing left to give as of Friday,’ de Blasio told a news conference.

This means more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died during World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined

This means more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died during World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined

The death toll comes on President Donald Trump's final full day in office. Pictured: Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2021

The death toll comes on President Donald Trump’s final full day in office. Pictured: Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas, January 12, 2021

The first known deaths from the virus in the U.S. were in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California. Pictured: Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg walks among thousands of white flags planted in remembrance of Americans who have died of COVID-19 near Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, October 2020

The first known deaths from the virus in the U.S. were in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California. Pictured: Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg walks among thousands of white flags planted in remembrance of Americans who have died of COVID-19 near Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, October 2020

Since the first case was detected in the U.S. in Seattle on January 21, more than 24.1 million Americans have been infected

Since the first case was detected in the U.S. in Seattle on January 21, more than 24.1 million Americans have been infected

Transporters Miguel Lopez, front, and Noe Meza wheel a gurney carrying a deceased COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, January 9, 2021

Transporters Miguel Lopez, front, and Noe Meza wheel a gurney carrying a deceased COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, January 9, 2021

Approximately 191,500 flags will cover the National Mall in honor of those unable to travel to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden due to the pandemic (above)

Approximately 191,500 flags will cover the National Mall in honor of those unable to travel to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden due to the pandemic (above)

Biden has said he will seek a $1.9 trillion spending proposal that includes funding for accelerating the distribution of coronavirus vaccines, and Democrats, who now hold a slight majority in Congress, hope to prioritize state and local aid in the next stimulus deal.

Earlier today, Dr Anthony Fauci, says masks and social distancing aren’t going anywhere any time soon and that the nation may have to prepare for the fact that COVID-19 is here to stay.

‘We have to make that as a possibility. We’ve got to be prepared for that,’ said Fauci told morning show The National Desk on Tuesday.

‘Right now we’re fortunate enough to have a vaccine that is extremely efficacious for the strain that now is circulating in our own country. We may need to make modifications, as new strains that are different come in.’ 

The nation’s top infectious disease expert says normalcy may only occur when the majority of the country is vaccinated.   

‘When we get the country to be 70 percent to 85 percent vaccinated, and we get this blanket or umbrella of herd immunity so that the level of virus is so low in society that it’s not really a threat to anybody, then we can start coming down on the stringency of the public health measures,’ Fauci said. 

‘Bottom line is that if you get vaccinated, you can’t throw away the masks, because you could be infected and conceivably infect others.’  

North Dakota administered 3,222 vaccines on January 14 alone, according to its latest data. Nearly six percent of its population has had their first shot, and nearly one percent have already received their second. 

Meanwhile, the state has 1,377 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday – just a little over 10 percent as many as it saw at its November peak of 10,195. 

Deaths in North Dakota continue to climb, but have leveled off since November. 

Throughout much the nation, a game of federal and state he-said-she-said continues, and is doing little to speed the sluggish rollout. 

Houston, Texas, officials say they are receiving sporadic shipments of small numbers of vaccine doses. 

‘Right now, having (doses) one day and then running out, it just creates a lot of chaos,’ said Galveston County health director Dr Philip Keiser on Monday, according to Houston Public Media. 

North Dakota has given nearly 53,000 of the 76,275 doses sent to it, and kept up a consistent flow of administering vaccines since its first doses arrived last month (pictured), according to the state's health department

North Dakota has given nearly 53,000 of the 76,275 doses sent to it, and kept up a consistent flow of administering vaccines since its first doses arrived last month (pictured), according to the state’s health department 

Active coronavirus cases have fallen by 80% and the number of new daily infections in the state is a fraction of what it had been a month ago when North Dakota was among the nation's top hotspots

Active coronavirus cases have fallen by 80% and the number of new daily infections in the state is a fraction of what it had been a month ago when North Dakota was among the nation’s top hotspots 

Cumulative deaths have increased in North Dakota, but the state has drastically bent the curve of fatalities since it climbed steeply last month, reaching a peak of 499 deaths in November, followed by 278 in December and 37 so far in January

Cumulative deaths have increased in North Dakota, but the state has drastically bent the curve of fatalities since it climbed steeply last month, reaching a peak of 499 deaths in November, followed by 278 in December and 37 so far in January 

About 31.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been sent to US states by the federal government, according to tracking from Bloomberg. 

While West Virginia races to the head of the pack, vaccinating nearly nine percent of its population in just a month, California and Alabama rank worst, getting shots in the arms of just 3.3 percent and 2.7 percent of their residents, respectively. 

Mass vaccination sites opened in larger states like New York, California and Florida, but rates of shot administration remain low. 

Some of the states that have most vocally blamed the federal government for the vaccine rollout are among the slowest to use the doses sent to them.  

California has vaccinated just 3.3 percent of its population and used a little over a third of its allotted doses, despite turning Disneyland and Dodger Stadium into mass vaccination sites.  

Only about 3% of Americans have gotten their first doses of coronavirus vaccines, with the highest rates in West Virginia and the Dakotas, and the lowest rates of vaccination are in Alabama and Arizona 

More than half of all doses of coronavirus vaccines distributed to US states are sitting on the shelves, with the highest rates of unused shots in California and Texas – despite the former being  one of the worst hotspots for COVID-19 in the country 

Former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb estimates only a THIRD of the US population really want the COVID vaccine 

By Keith Griffith for DailyMail.com

The former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has shared concerns that the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations will be slowed by large numbers refusing the shot, predicting only a third of the U.S. population will volunteer for inoculation.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb aired his concerns in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday morning, saying that many younger people who are unlikely to face serious illness might decline to get vaccinated.

So far, 10.5 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, out of the 31 million doses distributed to states, according to the latest available CDC data. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci has estimated that up to 80 percent of the U.S. population, or some 260 million people, will need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, the point at which the virus is unable to spread widely.

‘At some point demand is going to become an issue,’ Gottlieb said in the interview, pointing out that last fall, the number of people getting a flu vaccine hit a record high, but was still only 120 million.

‘Those were people who were worried about getting COVID going out and getting flu vaccines. That may be the universe of people who really have significant demand for a COVID vaccine,’ he said.

‘There’s going to be a lot of intense demand even in younger cohorts, but I think once we get to 100 million, maybe 120 million vaccines, the demand is going to get soft,’ he added.

‘We’ve talked about access being the real challenge right now, and now we’re talking about supply because we’re starting to get to a steady state of supply and it’s hard to increase the supply in the near term,’ said Gottlieb. ‘At some point, demand is going to be come an issue.’

‘We can’t lose sight of that and just take for granted that everyone wants this vaccine,’ he said.

New York is faring a little better using up 53 percent of its doses and vaccinated about 5.4 percent of its population. 

Southern and Sun Belt states are struggling. Alabama and Arizona have each vaccinated just 2.7 percent of their populations. 

That’s particularly worrisome for Arizona, which has had more coronavirus infections per capita than any where else in the world.  

The surprise leaders in the race remain West Virginia and the Dakotas.  

West Virginia was the only state in the union turned down the federal government’s partnership with CVS and WalGreens to help vaccinate its nursing home residents. 

And now it’s vaccinated 8.6 percent of its population – more than than any other states. 

North and South Dakota have vaccinated nearly seven and 6.45 percent of their respective populations. 

A senior federal official told DailyMail.com that the US will meet its goal of distributing 50 million doses to states this week.  

But at this rate, it could be weeks before all of those doses make it into Americans’ arms. 

States have given fewer than half of the doses the federal government has shipped – 46 percent – yet some say they are running out of doses. 

Reports emerged last week that there was no federal stockpile of second doses to increase states’ supplies – after HHS Secretary Alex Azar promised that the reserve would be released – triggering panic. 

Federal officials say that the number of doses made available to states each week has increased, but that the notion that the government ever had a stockpile was incorrect. 

In fact, a senior administration official told DailyMail.com that some states are not completing all their orders for new doses each week, leaving them shorthanded. 

Yet states, including Texas, say they’re on pace to run out of doses of vaccine by next week if they continue to administer as many as possible.  

Since it began over a month ago, the US coronavirus vaccine rollout has been plagued by a game of federal and state ‘he said, she said,’ and little seems to have changed.  

The emergence of more infectious coronavirus variants, including the UK’s ‘super-covid,’ should be a ‘clarion call’ to Americans to get vaccinated, said Dr Anthony Fauci during a Sunday Meet the Press appearance. 

But the uptake has been slow.   

Los Angeles is among the worst hotspots for coronavirus in the US and health workers are racing to vaccinate at-risk people - including nursing home residents in Pasadena (pictured, file), but the state has used just 27.5% of its allotted doses

Los Angeles is among the worst hotspots for coronavirus in the US and health workers are racing to vaccinate at-risk people – including nursing home residents in Pasadena (pictured, file), but the state has used just 27.5% of its allotted doses 

Experts say yet another factor is holding up the rollout: ‘We’re underselling the vaccine’ Dr Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pennsylvania told the New York Times.  

He’s not alone in thinking that attempts to temper expectations and keep Americans from ripping of their masks as soon as they get their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines may be misguided. 

‘It’s driving me a little bit crazy,’ Dr Ashish Jha of the Brown School of Public told the Times. 

Vaccines made by both Moderna and Pfizer are more than 94 percent effective at preventing COVID-19, and that should be the focus of public messaging, the experts say. 

That’s not to say that questions still being researched – such as rather the shots prevent infection or transmission altogether – should be concealed, nor that warnings about potential side effects shouldn’t be clear. 

But, Dr Jha and Dr Richterman worry that the emphasis on what’s unknown is fueling hesitancy and slowing the uptake of shots. 

One California epidemiologist on Sunday called for Moderna to put a hold on 330,000 doses from one lot that have already been distributed after ‘fewer than 10’ people had possible severe allergic reactions to the shots within 24 hours. 

Moderna, the FDA and the CDC are all investigating the incidences, but said in a statement to Fox News that vaccination is never without risks. 

The reactions all happened within the observation period while the recipients were still at the vaccination site in San Diego.  

Health care workers and nursing home residents were put first in line for coronavirus vaccines. 

But during the first weeks of the rollout, staggering numbers of health care workers turned down the shots. 

One Illinois veterans nursing home said that while about 90 percent of its elderly residents had said ‘yes’ to the shot, some 80 percent of staff had said ‘no.’ 

Nurses in Texas and California – two of the nation’s worst hotspots for COVID-19 – said they and about half of their colleagues planned to refuse or delay vaccination.

In New York, four doses of vaccine had to be thrown out because willing recipients working in health care could not be found in time to use the shots before they expired. 

Amid suspicion that resistance among health care workers and rigid state plans for who could be vaccinated when were the problem, federal officials urged vaccination to be opened up to people 65 and older. 

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In Washington, they will give FREE marijuana to those who get the vaccine against covid-19 | The State

They hope to give away 5 pounds of marijuana.

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The activist group in favor of cannabis, DC Marijuana Justice (DCMJ), plans to offer gift bags of marijuana to those who receive the covid-19 vaccine in the city of Washington.

“We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know that nothing brings people together like cannabis,” wrote DCMJ co-founder Nikoas Schiller.

The group plans to hand out bags of free marijuana at vaccination centers in Washington, DC, to commemorate what could hopefully be the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

To celebrate this momentous occasion and thank people for getting vaccinated, dozens of local DC growers will legally distribute free bags of cannabis outside of vaccination centers as soon as the general public can get vaccinated.. When sufficient numbers of adults are vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine, it will be time to celebrate, not only the end of the pandemic, but the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition in the United States, ”said Schiller, of according to The New York Post.

The DC Department of Health has not yet released public vaccination locations, but DCMJ says it will release more details of its gift once those addresses and hours of operation have been made public.

Meanwhile, local growers have already pledged three pounds of cannabis to give away, and DCMJ hopes to have a total of five pounds for when they begin offering them to newly vaccinated members of the public.

Organizers plan to distribute cannabis loose, rather than pre-rolled joints, as handing out free joints can lead to people smoking them on the spot and thus breaking city law.

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