There’s a lot of puzzles to fix and the picture is still unclear.
In 2020 Americans had to choose between another 4 years of Donald Trump or Democrat candidate Joe Biden. They chose the latter.
On 20th January 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the new President of the United States of America. He will inherit great challenges from the pandemic, social issues pertaining to racial inequality and police brutality and a deeply divided America.
The following are three of the immediate challenges Biden will have and how he might approach to solving them.
Putting Covid-19 under control
Perhaps the first and biggest priority would be to control and combat the virus that has so far killed more than 275,000 Americans.
Trump has been criticised for his inaction and attitude that the coronavirus would blow over eventually. Biden has vowed to take action and listen to the science.
Jacinda Arden, the New Zealand Prime Minister widely praised for her successful response to eliminating the virus has been in touch with the President-elect. Arden revealed she shared advice and data with Biden in a bid to annihilate the disease.
So far there have been promising developments in creating a vaccine from the likes of Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University.
The strategy Biden has, the implementation of it, the vaccine he chooses are just some of the massive decisions he’ll have to make and lives literally depend on it.
Restoring America’s position on the world stage
The last four years, the outgoing president has been the subject of memes, Twitter outbursts and ridicule from journalists and academics alike.
Trump’s policy of ‘America First’ has changed the dynamics of the USA’s place in the world. Trump’s scepticism of NATO, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and tariffs on European products somewhat isolated the USA.
By kaz bosali: political Columnist
World leaders (except Russia and China) were quick to congratulate Biden, expressing hope of co-operating on common threats like the coronavirus and climate change.
Uniting a racially and politically divided America
In 2017, when white supremacists violently clashed with anti-fascist demonstrators, Trump said that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ and failed to denounce the far-right protestors.
America is still reeling from the aftershock of the death of George Floyd which sparked global demonstrations demanding an end to police brutality and racial inequality.
In his victory speech, Biden pledged to, “be a president who seeks not to divide but to unify; who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but only the United States”. This election broke records for the most votes cast in history and Biden surpassed 80 million votes, the highest any presidential candidate has ever received. His symbolic choosing of Kamala Harris, the first woman of colour as the Vice President-elect was symbolic and seen as a step forward.
With racial tensions at an all-time high, Biden is now tasked with attempting to unite a divided America and demand for social reform, especially police reform.
An unprecedented time that marks a new era on January 2021. No doubt Biden almost certainly will have a different approach, attitude and action to tackling these challenges than his predecessor.
Biden’s presidency and his performance in the next 4 years will be scrutinised and assessed in 2024, when America votes again. For now, it is a crucial time and his first 100 days will set the tone for the rest of his term.
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