Joe Biden inauguration RECAP: 46th president of United States is sworn in

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America today (January 20), kicking off a day of fanfare in Washington DC.

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Joe Biden inauguration LIVE: Latest updates as 46th president of United States is sworn in

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  • Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US president
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Vice President Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are escorting former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence down the steps of the US Capitol.

Donald Trump is back at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Donald Trump is back at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

“My fellow Americans, I close today where I began, with the sacred oath before God and all of you, I give you my word. I will always level with you.” Joe Biden

White House Twitter accounts have been transitioned from the Trump administration to the Biden administration

Biden’s inauguration just ended

President Biden just tweeted: “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”

President Joe Biden: “I pledge this to you: I will be a president to all Americans … and I promise you I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.”

President Biden: “To all 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.”

Irish premier Micheal Martin has congratulated new US President Joe Biden on his “immense achievement”.

Mr Martin said: “On behalf of the Government and people of Ireland, I wish to offer my heartfelt congratulations to president Joe Biden on his inauguration.

“As he takes the oath-of-office, I know that President Biden will feel the weight of history – the presence of his Irish ancestors who left Mayo and Louth in famine times in search of life and hope.

“He will remember their descendants’ hard struggle as they made their way in and their contribution to the United States. It is the story of Irish-America.

“I hope he will also be conscious of the great pride we in Ireland take in his immense achievement. He is one of us, part of our global family.

“I look forward to welcoming President Biden back to this island and deepening cooperation on global peace, climate change, economic partnership and stability.

“I also wish to pay tribute to vice president Kamala Harris, who has created history today, and who will help form a diverse and formidable administration.”

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