New press secretary says first phone calls ‘will be with partners and allies’
PALO ALTO, U.S. — Hours after becoming the 46th U.S. president, Joe Biden took charge and signed 15 executive orders, rolling back a host of Donald Trump policies while gearing up to tackle climate change and the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The centerpieces of his Day One actions were an order to rejoin the Paris climate accord and halt America’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. Biden’s newly appointed press secretary, Jen Psaki, explained the moves and other plans in her first briefing on Wednesday evening.
“His priority is, first, rebuilding our partnerships and alliances around the world and regaining America’s seat at the global table, and you can see that is evidenced in his rejoining the Paris climate agreement, rejoining the World Health Organization,” Psaki said.
She added that “his early calls will be with partners and allies, as he feels it is important to rebuild those relationships and to address the challenges and threats we’re facing in the world.”