Joe Biden ‘will visit UK for first overseas trip’ and will sign mask mandates, climate accord in first days as President

JOE Biden will reportedly visit the United Kingdom for his first overseas trip as he sets out a busy agenda for his first few days as President.

The Democrat is expected to enact a series of executive orders to overturn many of Trump’s key policies and pull apart the Republican’s legacy after his inauguration on January 20.

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Joe Biden is expected to sign off a number of executive orders[/caption]

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Boris Johnson had been an ally of Donald Trump[/caption]

His plans include introducing mask mandates, axing Trump’s travel ban on mainly Muslim nations, and have the US rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.

Biden is set to sign off a handful of executive orders, according to a memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain.

He also expected to sign off orders to halt of evictions during the pandemic and introduce pause on student loan payments.

His top priorities list also includes a sweeping review of US immigration policy and getting a $1.9trillion coronavirus relief bill.

And looking abroad – Biden is planning to the UK as his first trip outside of North America as President, where he would be expected to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reports The Sunday Telegraph.

Britain and the US have enjoyed close links for decades which have been dubbed the “special relationship”.

It was feared Brexit – the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) – may trigger diplomatic tensions with the new Biden administration.

Trump was considered pro-Brexit, and his shock victory in 2016 was often compared with the EU referendum result that caught the UK establishment by surprise.

“Joe’s view will be that they’ll have the destiny of the world on their shoulders so he’ll want to overcome any political differences,” a pal of Joe’s told The Telegraph.

Britain and the US are attempting to work on a new trade deal following Brexit, which isn’t expected to be in place before 2022.

Trump and Johnson have both used the phrase “Build Back Better” as they attempt to lay out how their nations can come through the devastating impacts of Covid-19.

I think there’ll be more empathy than there was between Boris and Donald Trump

Friend of BidenThe Sunday Telegraph

Diplomatic sources said any claims of a personality clash between Biden and Boris were “overblown”, but added “there will always be differences”.

“Boris is a conservative, Joe’s a moderate [Democrat] so I think they can get over it. I think they’ll end up getting along,” Biden’s friend said.

“Joe’s view will be that they’ll have the destiny of the world on their shoulders so he’ll want to overcome any political differences.

“I think there’ll be more empathy than there was between Boris and Donald Trump. Boris seemed to get along with Trump, but I don’t know if he really did.”

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Joe Biden in Downing Street back when he was Vice President[/caption]

Despite the Trump administration positioning itself as an ally of Brexit Britain, the outgoing President enjoyed a frosty reception of visits to the UK.

Trump was met with protests and the infamous “Trump baby balloon” was flown for the first time – which has since appeared in US, France, Argentina and Denmark.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is also hoped to visit Biden in Washington DC shortly after his inauguration.

It is expected Biden’s trip across the Atlantic would coincide with the G7 summit – which is due to be hosted by the UK in June.

“I don’t think he will visit anywhere else before the G7, except possibly Canada,” a source said.

Biden is expected to travel to the UK twice in 2020 as he arrives for the United Nations’ climate change conference in Glasgow in the Autumn.

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Donald Trump had claimed people called Boris “Britain Trump”[/caption]

Back home, the Democrat will seek to terminate Trump’s travel ban which was first implemented in January 2017 and impacted people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The order has been branded as discriminatory, but has stood up to legal challenges.

He will also make the US rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, which was signed in 2016 as a global pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump pulled out of the agreement in November 2019 as his administration branded the plans “unfair” and said the accord passed on the costs to regular Americans.

In a memo, Klain said: “During the campaign, President-elect Biden pledged to take immediate action to start addressing these crises and build back better.

“‘As president, he will keep those promises and sign dozens of executive orders, presidential memoranda, and directives to Cabinet agencies in fulfillment of the promises he made.”

Trump was met with protests when he visited Britain

However, before he gets swore in to office the US has a rocky few days ahead amid fears to further violence after the Capitol riot on January 6.

The FBI has warned they may be further attacks and “armed protests” across all 50 states ahead of the the January 20 inauguration.

Biden will be taking over a divided nation, which has only been split further as Trump claimed without evidence that he is the real winner of the 2020 election.

Shocking scenes two weeks ago saw a mob of Trump fans storm the Capitol as the violent riot ended with five people dead, including a cop.

National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington DC in unprecedented numbers with the scenes being likened to a war zone.

The Department of Justice has opened 275 cases as arrests mount across the US.

Ex-FBI boss James Comey has warned Joe Biden’s inauguration is under threat from “armed, disturbed” people following the riot at the Capitol.

Trump is not expected to attend the inauguration and will instead leave Washington on the morning of January 20.

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