Washington (AP) – Joe Biden takes over as president of the US in times of crisis. The corona pandemic is raging more than ever in the US. The US economy is being hit hard. In the background, the climate crisis is getting worse. After four years of Donald Trump, Biden also wants to quickly reverse several decisions made by his predecessor. An overview of Biden’s main plans for the first 100 days:
In the fight against the corona pandemic, Biden has set three central goals for this route: Most schools should be able to reopen by the deadline. He is calling on all Americans to wear masks during this time and wants to order them wherever the federal government is in control – in government buildings, trains, or planes, for example. Above all, he wants to make sure that at least 100 million vaccine doses are delivered by the end of the 100 days.
So far, vaccination of the population has been slow. Biden wants to speed up the pace. The US Civil Protection Agency should help set up vaccination centers. Mobile vaccination stations are intended to serve remote areas. The pharmacies in the country must be used to administer vaccinations. Under Biden’s will, states must now allow other high-risk professions and citizens aged 65 and older to vaccinate and no longer strictly vaccinate according to priority lists. With an information campaign, Biden wants to build confidence in the vaccines among the population.
Biden has also promised that the US would formally rejoin the World Health Organization soon. Trump had ended cooperation in the midst of the pandemic.
The corona crisis is very tough for the US economy. To take countermeasures, Biden wants to push next after the previous massive stimulus packages. Planned size: $ 1.9 trillion. This includes direct payments to citizens of $ 1,400 per capita, additional support for small businesses, and more support for the unemployed. Biden’s plans to fight the pandemic – money for his vaccination program, more corona testing, or school precautions – are also priced in here. The spending is essential to avoid long-term damage to the economy, Biden said presenting the plans.
In a second step, Biden wants to pump money into the US economy in the longer term through an investment program, mainly through investments in the country’s infrastructure. He wants to present the exact plans for this within the first 100 days, in February. Rather, implementation will take the entire tenure.
Since his election victory, Biden has echoed a message over and over: “America is back.” Trump has insulted traditional American allies like Germany several times during his tenure by going it alone – that should be over now. Biden wants to revive US alliances and strengthen the role of diplomacy. Immediately after taking office, he wants to call NATO allies and tell them they can count on the US again – at least that’s what Biden promised last summer. Chancellor Angela Merkel has already promised Biden to strengthen relations with Germany and to work closely with her.
Connecting with the allies should be easy for Biden compared to other foreign policy challenges. Will rapid negotiations take place to renew the last major nuclear disarmament treaty between Washington and Moscow? There is not much time left, the New Start contract expires at the beginning of February. Biden has spoken out in favor of an extension and sees the treaty as the basis for new arms control agreements. In addition, after taking office, Biden was able to announce his future course in view of the American soldiers in Afghanistan. Like Trump – who has just reduced the number of troops to a few thousand – he wants to end the “endless wars” in the country and the Middle East.
Biden’s more long-term goals include denuclearization of North Korea and the creation of a basis for a return to the international nuclear deal with Iran.
Biden is also setting the pace of climate change, which he sees as a threat to national security as well as an “existential threat”. Immediately after his inauguration, he wants to return the United States to the Paris Agreement. The Trump-initiated departure from the contract didn’t take effect until early November. In the first 100 days of his tenure, Biden also plans to convene a world climate summit and campaign for more ambitious climate goals. In the fight against climate change, Biden has dismissed ex-Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry will serve on the White House National Security Council as a special envoy on climate.
Biden also wants to start repealing Trump decisions that weakened or overruled environmental protection regulations. In the long term, the future president wants to make a virtue of the necessity of climate change: through the creation of a “modern climate-resilient infrastructure”, the energetic renovation of millions of buildings and the expansion of electric mobility, new jobs must be created on a large scale.
Trump took a particularly difficult course in migration policy. Biden wants to change things quickly. For example, he announced that he would reverse the entry bans that Trump had issued from various predominantly Muslim countries as soon as possible. He also wants to order the creation of a task force to reunite illegally immigrant families who were separated on the Mexican border under Trump and have not yet been reunited.
Biden has also pledged to send a bill to Congress to permanently secure a program to protect about 700,000 young migrants from deportation (Daca). The program began during Biden’s time as US Vice President under Barack Obama. The Trump administration had tried to end it – but failed due to opposition from the US Supreme Court. Biden announced a major bill to pave the way for eleven million unlicensed people to become US citizens. Many changes are also expected in the asylum law and migration policy at the border with Mexico. It is unclear when.