Beijing, January 22 (Xinhua) according to a comprehensive report, after US President Biden took the oath of office in Washington on the 20th, he burned three fires of “new officials taking office”. In just half a day, he signed more than 10 executive orders at one go to “reverse” a number of policies during the trump administration. According to the latest news, the construction of the US Mexico border wall will be suspended; on the other hand, Biden is seeking to extend the arms control treaty with Russia.
At noon on January 20 local time, Biden, the US president-elect and Democrat, was officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Capitol Hill. The picture shows us president Biden signing a series of documents after taking office.
The defense secretary’s nominees go through the next hurdle
FBI director to stay
On the 21st local time, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to confirm Biden’s nomination of Lloyd Austin as defense secretary. The committee said that after two days of confirmation hearing, it confirmed its nomination by voice vote.
However, because Austin retired less than seven years, according to federal law, Congress must grant him immunity to allow him to serve as defense secretary. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the exemption on the 21st, and the house of representatives will vote on the immunity in the afternoon of the same day.
On the same day, the White House said Biden had asked the director of the FBI, Christopher ray, to stay in office and he had confidence in Ray’s performance. Ray was appointed by former president trump, but trump was angered by Ray’s refusal to support the allegation of fraud in the 2020 election. It is reported that the term of the director of the FBI is 10 years, and Ray’s term is six years.
Information picture: on April 6, 2019, border patrol officers are searching for illegal immigrants in Palmview, Texas.
U.S. – Mexico border wall shut down!
Immigration is expected to be removed from the law
After Biden signed an administrative order to stop the construction of the U.S. – Mexico border wall on the 20th, the Ministry of defense suspended construction while reviewing the order. A Defense Department spokesman said the army engineers “will take appropriate action in accordance with the executive order,” adding that contractors involved in the construction have been told to stop installing any physical barriers.
Meanwhile, covid-19, issued by the Ministry of homeland security, released 20 minutes that the new government will suspend the expulsion of some immigrants within 100 days to ensure fair and effective immigration enforcement and focus on safeguarding the security of the US Mexico border and coping with the new crown epidemic.
In addition, in Biden’s comprehensive immigration reform, he proposed to remove the word “alien” from the U.S. immigration law and replace it with the word “noncitizen”. According to the summary of the immigration bill issued by the new government, this is a deliberate move to recognize the United States as an “immigration country”.
Information chart: at noon on January 20 local time, Biden, the US President elect and Democrat, was officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Capitol Hill.
Seeking to extend the new START treaty
White House press secretary Jen psaki said on the 21st that the Biden administration will seek to extend the new START treaty with Russia for five years. At present, the only major effective arms control treaty between Russia and the United States is the treaty.
The Biden government must make a decision as soon as possible because the treaty is due to expire on February 5, the report said. Previously, slotsky, chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament), held that in order to smoothly extend the new START treaty, the United States should announce its position as soon as possible.
The new START treaty was signed by the leaders of Russia and the United States in 2010 and officially entered into force on February 5, 2011, with a validity period of 10 years. The treaty stipulates that the two countries must comprehensively reduce the number of nuclear warheads and missiles deployed during the cold war. Seven years after the treaty came into force (that is, in 2018), the number of nuclear warheads of each country will be reduced to 1550, and the number of nuclear missile launchers, bombers that can launch nuclear weapons and other delivery vehicles will be reduced to 800, of which the number of deployed nuclear warhead delivery vehicles should not exceed 700.