Joe Biden inauguration: Donald Trump trashes tradition as tense Washington prepares for new president to swear in

Joe Biden inauguration: Donald Trump trashes tradition as tense Washington prepares for new president to swear in

The tumultuous events in the US, from the coronavirus pandemic to threats of violence from supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump, have set the stage for a muted Inauguration Day. Many traditional aspects of the transfer of power have been adapted to fit the unprecedented circumstances.

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in a ceremony unlike any in American history – during a pandemic and two weeks after a mob stormed the US Capitol building in protest of his election.

The FBI has warned of plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 US state capitols on and leading up to Inauguration Day. Unprecedented security is in place ahead of the event, typically marked by huge crowds, fanfare, and celebration of a peaceful transfer of power.