Biden succeeds Donald Trump at a time of deep division in the country, which is reeling from COVID-19.
Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States, entering the White House at a time of deep division in the country.
Raising his right hand and placing his left on a bible, Biden was sworn in on Wednesday during a reduced inauguration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 people in the United States.
“It’s America Day. It is the day of democracy. A day of history and hope, renewal and determination, ”said Biden.
“Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause – the cause of democracy.”
Vice president Kamala harris, the first woman and the first person of color to hold the office, was sworn in shortly before Biden.
In an extremely rare gesture, Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump chose not to attend the ceremony.