After taking the oath of office around noon, he is set to issue several executive orders aimed at reversing policies on issues like the environment and immigration. President Trump, who won’t attend the inauguration, issued a raft of pardons overnight.
An early-morning stillness gripped the nation’s capital on Wednesday, with armed soldiers encircling the stage where Joseph R. Biden Jr. was set to take the oath of office at noon to become the 46th president of the United States.
President Trump, who largely disappeared from public view after an insurrectionist mob stormed the Capitol, urged on by his baseless claims that the election was stolen, was scheduled to leave the White House shortly after dawn and then fly to Florida.
He will become the first president in more than 150 years not to attend the inauguration of his successor.
Even before Mr. Biden was sworn in, he sought to set a new tone for a nation torn by political strife in the midst of the deadliest pandemic in a century.