Biden signs 15 executive actions, reversing some Trump policies

Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden kept his promise by signing actions to rejoin the Paris climate accord, end the so-called “Muslim travel ban” and require masks on federal property.
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already at work tonight. We watched today as the new president got out of the presidential limo, the beast, as it's called, to walk to the white house. The license plate now reads "46." Tonight, the president already taking executive action on the pan ddenim, immigration and racial equality. Here's our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce tonight. Reporter: In an inaugural parade unlike any we've ever seen, president Joe Biden exiting the beast, now with that license plate, "46." Along the route, the secret service, National Guard and reporters, instead of a crowd of thousands of Americans. And something else -- the first family all wearing masks. One of the first steps to try to take the politics out of wearing masks in this country to save lives. How does it feel to finally be president? Feeling great! Reporter: Jogging over to greet reporters on Pennsylvania avenue. Walking up the white house driveway. Vice president kamala Harris having her moment, too. Just walking to work. Reporter: Then getting right down to work, as Biden promised the American people in a tweet just moments after leaving the inauguration stage. Writing, "There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face." I thought with the state of the nation, today is no time to waste, get to work immediately. Reporter: In the oval office, wearing a mask, Biden signing 15 executive actions, many aims at reversing his predecessor's policies, including rejoining the Paris climate accord, something welcomed by foreign leaders today. Putting an end to the so-called Muslim travel ban, and canceling the keystone XL pipeline permit, and taking his first steps to tackling this pandemic, requiring masks on all federal property. These are just executive actions. They are important, but we're going to need legislation for other things we're going to do. Reporter: To get his agenda through, Biden will immediate to work with a very divided congress. But today, in a gesture of good will, Republican leaders of both chambers wishing the new administration well. Mitch Mcconnell, in a rare moment of levity between him and house speaker Nancy Pelosi, pointing out that the president and vice president skipped the house and went straight to the senate. I have to note, not only did we just swear in a son and daughter of the senate to these high offices, but indeed, both of these former senators skipped the house altogether. And Mary, we know the shortened parade today and staffers at the white house, the cleaners, the movers, a deep cleaning because of the pandemic. They had just about eight hours to do this. We marvel at this every four years, to move in the Bidens' belongings. And the Bidens have said they're not going to make any significant changes to the family resident? Reporter: David, the Biden team telling us they don't have time right now to make any major changes. But tonight, we spotted some new additions in the oval office. Some personal Biden family photos and a bust of the civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. Also spotted, a portrait of fdr who, of course, led the country out of a similar period of tremendous crisis. As for those executive orders, we expect more to come tomorrow, focused on safely reopening schools and stopping the spread of this virus. David? All right, Mary Bruce on the air all day with us here. Mary, thank you.

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